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Where Do We Come From?

By February 27, 2023No Comments

Where do we come from? We read of our origin story in Genesis 2:7, “The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” All that exists comes from God. He is our Creator. Paul writes in Colossians, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him” (Col 1:16). Nothing exists that God has not created.

Further, in Genesis 2:7, we are told that man did not have life until God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” God takes dust from the ground and forms it into a human being. We can picture Adam (the first man) with hair, skin, organs, and the sort. He had practically all he needed, but he was not yet living. Then, God literally breathed life into him, and he became a living being.

When we look back to the first chapter of Genesis, we read, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:27). We human beings have been made in the very image of God. This is why Orthodox Christians understand that all of life is sacred. The term “Imago Dei,” which comes from the Latin version of the Bible, meaning “image of God,” is at the center of this belief. The Bible teaches that human beings are made in the image of God; they are His metaphysical expression. Genesis 1:27 does not imply that God is in human form but that humans are in the image of God in their moral, spiritual, and intellectual essence. Therefore, humans reflect God’s divine nature in their ability to achieve the unique characteristics with which they have been endowed.

Then, where do I come from? I came from God, Who created me in His likeness. This reality leads me to an understanding of why I am here. I have been created to live in relationship with God. Not only am I a living being through the life-giving breath of God, but as a follower of Christ, I have His very Spirit indwelling me. The Spirit of God sets me free, empowering me to live as an image bearer of the Lord, reflecting His love and character, and being on mission with Him. His Spirit identifies me as God’s beloved child (see: Rom 8).

Our origin, created by God, is the same whether we accept it as truth or not. For those who do, the only obvious choice is to receive Christ as Lord and Savior and walk with Him. For those who don’t, they are left attempting to navigate the dark corridors of false assumptions and weak presuppositions, which can never help us answer why we are here. On the contrary, knowing I come from God presents me with the only right path to understanding why I am here. As His created beloved being, I must listen to Him, my Creator, following the way He has in store for me. This is true for all us image-bearers of our loving and magnificent Creator. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!