Do You Realize How Valuable You Are? Pt 2 By Derek Prince

Man Enters the Picture
In our imagination we might picture the three Persons of the Godhead taking counsel together about this event and its implications for the act of man’s creation. I spent a good part of my life in Africa, and that caused me to think like an African in many ways, which is to say I picture things very vividly. So I imagine the Godhead discussing this process in this way: “The problem with Lucifer was he was too glorious; he was too beautiful; he was too powerful; he was too wise. So let’s start at the opposite end. Let’s take something so humble and so insignificant that he can never become proud. We’ll take some dust. Just dust. Mix it with a little water, make some clay and mold it into a body.” And there it was-the body, formed by God. A perfect body. But it was just clay.
Here is where we begin to discover something remarkable about ourselves. We begin to see the immense value God put on this wonderful creation that He formed of dust: “God said, `Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”‘ (Genesis 1:26).
God is speaking about Himself in the plural, which occurs several times in Scripture. This speaks of the mystery that God is triune, meaning three, yet one.
But here is the thing: Just as the Bible reveals the triune nature of God as Father, Son and Spirit (three Persons, yet one God), so the Bible reveals the triune nature of man (three elements, yet one human personality). We will notice that the triune God created a triune man. Notice also the use of the two words likeness and image.
Likeness describes that triune nature of man. The Hebrew word for image refers to something entirely different. It recurs in a different form in modern Hebrew in the phrase “to take a photograph.” Image describes the outward representation. Something in the outward appearance of man, his image, represented God.
Some people find that hard to accept. Let me suggest that it was appropriate when God was made manifest in the flesh to come in the form of a male human being, not in the form of an ox or a beetle or a bird. There was something about the outward appearance of the man and woman that could receive the inward form of God.
Then God goes on to say:
“Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image [we come to the singular here: His own image]; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26-27
That last phrase is very important. A lot of controversy has been voiced about that particular theme over the years. God created two kinds of persons: male and female. They are quite distinct, and there is nothing in between. Also, God created them to rule over all the earth. They were God’s vice regents. I was born in India, and at that time there was a vice regent of India who represented the monarch in Britain. That was the position that God planned for the male and female. They would be His vice regents, the viceroys, the ones who reigned on behalf of God Himself.
That was God’s plan and God’s intent for His creation.
-You Matter To God