The Gospel for Orphans

You are a spirit. You are a soul. You are a body. These three components of who you are do not sit distinctly in neat tidy categories. They are intertwined and integrated, a mess of skin and emotion, of intellect and wind, of will and wonder. There are many things you are but the first thing you were ever to be was God’s child.

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”” (Genesis 1:26a, ESV)

The phrase in our image, after our likeness is an idiom that refers directly to a parent-child relationship. It appears again a few chapters later.

“When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.” (Genesis 5:3, ESV)

Seth was in the image and likeness of Adam. Why? Because he was his child.

God created you in his own image and likeness. He made you to be fathered. This thing you are, this mix and mess of body, soul, and spirit, was designed for deep connection with God. You were made to know who you are through that connection. Identity, security, provision, purpose, value–all of these were to be constantly flowing from God into the core of your being.

But Mankind disconnected from God in Genesis 3. This is called sin. You were born disconnected from God.

We were all born as orphans. All of us.

Jesus came to once again make us sons and daughters. This is the gospel.

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