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This sermon explores the idea of humanity being created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), as a better alternative than evolutionary thinking. God has set humans apart from creatures, above creation, and is like God in physically, personally, but not perfectly. The implications of this belief demand we respect one another and reflect godliness, as modeled by the model human: Jesus Christ (Col. 1:15; Phil. 2:5-9).
Every persons view of life, including the Christian life, reveals their view of God's relationship to them and the entire universe. We have only three basic choices regarding God's relationship to creation. God is either dissolved into, disconnected from, or distinguished from the physical world. The Bible reveals that God is distinguished from his creation, able to act in it and yet it is always dependent upon him. Thus, the biblical gospel is fundamentally about what God does for, in and through his people. The biblical gospel does not cast us back upon ourselves, but upon God, and thus Christian living is not motivated by guilt over what we are not doing for God, but motivated by love and gratitude for what God has done, is doing and will do for, in and through us, who are the objects of his mercy.
After God commanded Noah and his sons to do the very thing he had commanded Adam and Eve to do, he declares that he is establishing his covenant with Noah and his sons and their descendants. God's covenant is not only with Noah, his family and their descendants, but with all creation. It is God's covenant that describes and determines God's relationship to everyone and everything. Like Noah and his family, Israel, God's old covenant people, were prone to think and feel alone and overwhelmed by the task in which God enlisted them. The antidote to the despondency and despair to which God's people are prone is a clear understanding that God makes and keeps his covenant. God and God alone institutes and fulfills his covenant.
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To love God is to love life, because God is life. As Noah and his wife and their sons and their wives departed the ark God renewed his covenant purpose with them. This meant that like Adam and Eve they were to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth, and by implication subdue it on God's behalf. This propagation of life was not merely physical but spiritual, because God is worshiped or served through our physical bodies in a physical creation. This also meant they were to protect life. In this propagation and protection of life they were loving God. We also demonstrate love for God through the propagation and protection of life. While the shedding of human blood predominately reveals our hatred for life and God, God sent his own son, the Lord Jesus, who shed his blood that we might have life and thereby love for God.
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God is faithful to his covenant promise. This is seen in God's remembering Noah and all the creatures with Noah in the ark. God remembers Noah, or demonstrates his covenant faithfulness by his providential control of creation, purging creation of sin, and provision of a personal mediator. Though God's purging creation of sin through the flood is not a total purging, it is partial and a true picture of God's ultimate judgment against sin that will come and usher in through his personal mediator the Lord Jesus Christ a new creation free from sin. The post-flood world that Noah and his family and the animals occupy represents that new creation.