Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment. (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:7; Ps. 8:4-8; Acts 17:24-28; Gen. 3; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12-17; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; Ps. 51:10; 1 John 4:7, 8, 11, 20; Gen. 2:15.)

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See also these Bible lessons from previous years:

  • The Nature of Man – series of 13 lessons from 1999b, covering subjects such as creation in the image of God, our physical nature, our social nature, condition in death, and more
  • In the Image of God (2.77MB PDF file) series of 13 lessons from 1975b, covering such subjects as the image of God, man and nature, man and death, man and eternal life, and the image of God restores.
  • On Death, Dying and the Future Hope – a series of lessons for the fourth quarter of 2024


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