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Man as a vessel of God




God Created Man to be a vessel

Man as a vessel of GodWe can see how marvelous the plan of God is. According to this plan, God created the heavens and the earth for man, the center of his creation, whom he created in a very special way after he created everything else.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; 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.”  (Genesis 1:26)

Here we see that God created man unlike any other creature. He created all other things according to their own kind. God created man as the only creature in his own likeness and kind.  Man is very similar to God. A good illustration of this is the hand and glove. Man is to God as the glove is to a hand. The glove is made according to the shape of the hand, so that the hand can properly fit into it. God created man in his image and likeness so that he could fill him just as a hand fills and animates a glove. We are very special to God. We were created as vessels (Romans 9:21-23), in his image, in order to contain him and express him. None of this happened by accident or by evolution. God planned everything to fulfill his eternal purpose.

God created man as a vessel that he could fill. For this reason, he created us with three parts: spirit, soul and body (I Thessalonians 5:23).

I have already posted articles about the body, which is the physical and first part of man. God created man’s body from the dust of the earth and it is his most superficial part (Genesis 2:7). Through our body, we can touch, see, smell, taste and hear, that is, we make contact with the things of the material realm.

The second part of man is the soul, the psychological part. Through our soul, we express who we are, our personhood or our personality. The soul possesses three parts or functions: the mind, will and emotion. In order to understand this study, you are using your mind. When you discover that God created you in a special way, you may feel like you are bursting with joy. That would be an example of the emotional part of the soul manifesting itself. Finally, when you decide to further study the Bible to discover more about God and man, you employ your will in order to reach such a decision. Thus, the soul is the part of man created by God so that we can know him, love him and approach him, and so that he can fill us with himself and we can express him.

The Spirit is the deepest part of man. The Bible calls it the “inner man” (Ephesians 3:16) the “man of the heart” (I Peter 3:4) because it is deeper and harder to understand than the other two parts.  Of all of his creatures, God only created man with a spirit able to make contact with him and receive him.  If you never approach God, you do not even need a spirit. You need your body and your soul for your human existence, but since God made you a vessel to contain his presence if you are not filled with his presence as the contents of your spirit, you will feel a great emptiness inside.  Nothing will make sense to you and nothing will be able to satisfy you.

God wants to enter the spirit of man to be his contents and his satisfaction.  Just as we exercise our minds in school to learn things, we must also learn to exercise our spirit, make it work properly, to get in touch with God, to know him and have fellowship with him.


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