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The Rev. Charlie Camlin: “The Image of God” (Genesis 1:26-28)

January 27, 2008

From the Rev. Charlie Camlin of Holy Trinity REC in Virginia we have a great sermon on The Image of God, based on Genesis 1:26-28.  Fr. Camlin here addresses three relationships impacted by our being created in the image of God–our relationship with God, our relationship with each other, and our relationship with the rest of creation.  And he then talks about what God did to restore His image in us that had been marred by sin:

So we see that man was created in the image of God and what that originally meant. We have seen that when man rebelled against God, the image of God was not lost but it was affected. Every relationship of man was damaged because of the entrance of sin and death into the world. But God would not allow His creation to be completely done away with. God would redeem His creation. This plan focused upon reestablishing the image of God perfectly in man. This happened with the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to take upon Himself humanity in order that He might correct what was wrong. He came as the Second Adam to reform and reshape humanity into what it was intended to be—and might we say, to take humanity to the ultimate end for which God had originally planned—glorification. In the Incarnation, the eternal Son of God took upon Himself a fully human body and soul. As we talked about last week, He entered into every phase of human life and sanctified it. He came and obeyed every commandment given by God. He lived a perfect life. And on the cross, He bore the penalty for man’s rebellion in order that He might correct and save what had gone astray.

May we say with the psalmist to our God, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” The fact that God would send His Son to take upon Himself humanity would be one thing. But the fact that He came and suffered to the point of death—even death on a cross—shows the value that God places upon human beings. He would not allow the crown of His creation to be destroyed—He sent His Son to redeem it. What does this say about what God thinks of human beings? Every single one of us bears the image of God. We are truly special in God’s eyes—so important that God sent His Son to redeem us.

We have so much for which to give thanks in this.  And if you will read the rest of the sermon, Fr. Camlin has some interesting thoughts on what our being created in the image of God means regarding the issue of abortion.

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  1. January 28, 2008 6:07 pm

    I never read a Camlin sermon without being edified. This young man is an extraordinary preacher/teacher. I read this one twice and intend to do so again.

    Will, I agrree about the three “things we can do” about the abortion situation. Very practical and very doable by each one of us individually r as part of a group.

    Thanks for continuing to post the Rev. Camlin’s sermons.

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