What Is Man?

What is man that You magnify him,
And that You are concerned about him,
That You examine him every morning
And try him every moment?
Job 7:17-18

What is Man?  A special creation of God.

Genesis 2 tells us that God made man out of the dust of the earth.  He did this “like a mammy bending over her baby,” as James Weldon Johnson pictured it in his poem “The Creation.”  God carefully and lovingly created man and had face to face fellowship with him.

Then man’s sin ruined everything (Genesis 3).  It ruined the lovely plan that God had from the beginning.  It destroyed the close fellowship God had with man.  Sin will still destroy relationships between people and God.  Sin will take a person to horrible destruction.

But God showed His mercy and love by preparing a way for man to be freed from this sin.  He sent His Son to die for our sin, in our place so we don’t have to receive the punishment due for our sin – Amazing!  This precious act of God will provide freedom from sin for all those who believe that Jesus is the only way that sin can be removed.

God also sends the Holy Spirit to each person who believes.  The Holy Spirit’s job is to help us to turn from sin, which we struggle with because we live in a world full of sin.

So what is man?  A special creation of God who has been lovingly provided for by God Himself for salvation from sin and daily victory over sin.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
Psalm 107


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