So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Man was made in the image of God. When God made man, He essentially drew man out of Himself, so that the essence of man would be just like Him. Since “God is spirit” (John 4:24), He created man as spirit. Spirit is eternal. Man was created as an eternal being, because God is eternal. It is important to recognize that we are not yet talking about male and female. It was mankind that God created in His image.
Man is spirit, and spirits have no gender. The Bible never talks about a male or female spirit.
What was the reason God created mankind in His image? He didn’t create any of the animals or plants in His image. He didn’t even make angels in His image. Man is the only being of God’s creation that is like Him.
God created mankind for relationship with Himself—to be His family, His offspring, spiritual children of God. The nature of God is to love and to give. Since “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), He wanted a being who could be the object of His love and grace. He wanted man to be the recipient of all that He is and all that He has.
The fact that man was created in God’s image is an awesome revelation about our relationship to Him. God desired children who would be like Himself. Yet He didn’t just desire it and then walk away without doing anything about it. He conceived His desire and made it a reality.
Thought for the Day
When God made man, He essentially drew man out of Himself, so that the essence of man would be just like Him.
Source: Myles Munroe Devotions