- Holy – Ex 15:11; Hab 1:13; Rev 4:8; 15:4
- Just and righteous– Deut 10:17; 32:4; Ps 145:17; 1 John 2:29
- Good and merciful – Ps 25:8-10 ; 34:8; 100:5; Matt 5:45
- Love – 1 John 4:8
- Truth – Num 23:19; Deut 32:4; Isa 65:16; John 14:6
- Faithful – Deut 7:9; Isa 49:7; 1 Cor 1:9; 2 Tim 2:13; Heb 10:23
3. The Doctrines of Mankind and Sin
Only the Scriptures can adequately and accurately describe who mankind is and what his current spiritual condition is. In the Genesis account of mankind’s creation, Scripture states that mankind (male and female) are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26,27).
This is not a physical “image” because God is spirit and does not have a physical body (John 4:24). This “image” can be expressed in the following characteristics of people (includes both men and women):
- People are personal beings, just as God is (Gen 2:7).
- People are moral beings, with an inbuilt “conscience” and sense of right and wrong. This gives them the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong (Amos 5 :14,15; Rom 2:14,15; 12:9; Heb 9:14).
- People were created out of the same material as the rest of creation (“dust”, Gen 2:7); however, people are distinct from the rest of creation in that they (male and female) were created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). People have an inbuilt awareness that a “higher power” exists. They are consistently religious and will worship something – even if it is themselves.
- People are spiritual though housed in physical bodies, they were created with the capacity for relationship with God Who is Spirit. A person’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore is not to be used for sinful purposes (Rom 6:12,13; 1 Cor 6:19,20). The physical bodies of believers in Christ will be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ, and the mortal will take on immorality (1 Cor 15:50-54). Non believers’ bodies will be resurrected for judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20: 11-15)
- People are created for rulership, with the capacity to participate in dominion over God gave people the capacity and authority to rule over creation (Gen 1:28) and sometimes over other people (Rom 13:1-7) – but they are to do so with the principle of love as their guide (John 13:34,35; Rom 13:8-10). Redeemed people are also destined to rule and reign with Christ (2 Tim 2:12; Rev 5:10).
God created people in His own image, and gave them the capacity to live a life of holiness, love and service. However, as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve, people have a sin nature – which gives them the capacity to choose the lowest depths of sin and depravity (Mark 7:21,22; Rom 3:10-12).
Yet, those who believe in Christ (though they are not sinless while still in this life) can be gradually restored, transformed more and more into the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10).