The Christian Mind
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.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1.26, 27
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“…the doctrine of the divine creation of man, together with the doctrine of the Incarnation, establishes a conception of the human status more exalted than any other. Men are made in the image of God. Our humanity has been assumed and redeemed and exalted by our Lord himself. We know, as Christians, that our calling is to live as free, choosing, active men and women, making the best use possible of a world which is God’s creation too.”
Harry Blamires takes up the fourth characteristic of the Christian mind, its concern for the person. Because all people are made in God’s image, all people have dignity, calling, and the potential to become like Jesus. No one is so small or insignificant, or so grand and “having arrived,” that he can’t be tooled or retooled to show and share Jesus with his neighbors. We all need to learn how to enjoy the freedom we have in Christ – from sin and the fear of death, primarily – and to make our choices and pursue our work as unto the Lord, and not merely unto men. Coming under the authority of Jesus means daily growing in the grace of our Lord and working out our salvation, so that Jesus is formed within us and comes to expression through us in everything we say or do. We are not showing such concern for the persons who unite with us in our churches when we allow them to pick and choose what they will or will not participate in, rather than bring every one of them into some relationship whereby the disciples they have been called to be, they actually become.
Would you say that your church is actively engaged in equipping every member to grow in Christ and take up the work of ministry? Explain.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).