The very first verse of the Bible begins with this affirmation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1); followed by a brief description of each day’s creation. It is only on the sixth day God created human. What is so amazing here is God created human different from any other creature! He has created them in His own image. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27, NKJV).

The statements and claims of the Bible have been proven over and over to be true and reliable from the ages. It is its veracity and relevance the Bible has been one of the best-selling and most read books in the world.

Could you imagine what is the pivotal about God making human in His own image? Well, I guess there can be multiple answers to that. However, what I am stressing here is on fostering mutual relationship between the two own people. As we have seen a brief description of each day’s creation is given in Genesis creation account, yet none of the other creatures is said to be made/created in the image of God. Although there were wonderful celestial bodies, beautiful landscapes, grandeur mountains, magnificent seas and oceans, and complex living creatures, God did something terrific, that is, He created man in His own image. Isn’t that splendid? Created in “His own image!”

The Bible stated the fact in an undeniable reality. But what does that really mean? Again, there can be ample answers. But the point here is this: God wanted to have mutual loving relationship with humans so He created them differently with intellectual and emotional capabilities.

What’s the unique about that mutual relationship? Was God lonely without humans? Of course, not. With our understanding of the Godhead in the Bible there are three Persons (Trinity) in Godhead, still One God. They are same in essence and substance, yet differ in functionality. That means there is unity and fellowship already within the Persons of Godhead before the creation.

Then why human was created to have relationship with God? We cannot afford with one single completely satisfying answer to this question in our lifetime! Nonetheless, a plausible answer is God wanted to have His own people, who will bear His identity and display His character, and thus have a relationship with them, and in turn it will establish human’s relationship to their own people.

So it is very vital to know that we are made to be relational beings as God is a God of relationship. Our relationship must therefore reflect the character of God. That is to mean we must have good relationship with own people and loving care for each other just as God did (and does) by creating mankind in His own image.

We have own people to have own relationship. Own relationship breeds and extends relationships with others. You cannot be others’ loving man or woman without loving your own people first. It is impossible to be others’ caring man or woman by neglecting your own people!

Thus here is a prime reason why it is so important to have good and loving relationship with our own people: God has with His own creation. So every man/woman of God must have it with his/her own people. May God enable us to foster own relationship!

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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