Emanna for 09/13/2017
The Highest Standard of Morality (1)
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness... (27) And God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him... 2:8 And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there He put the man whom He had formed. (9) ...the tree of life in the middle of the garden...
Words of Ministry
[Part 1 of 2]
I would like to explain further what we mean by the highest standard of morality. In chapter one of Genesis we see that man was created in God's image and according to God's likeness. God is love and light. Love is the nature of God's being, and light is the nature of God's expression. Furthermore, God is holy and righteous. God is holy in His nature and righteous in His actions. These four attributes-- love, light, holiness, and righteousness--are revealed in the law of God.
To say that man was created in the image of God means that man was created according to what God is. Man was created according to the God who is love and light and who is also holy and righteous. However, at the time of his creation man did not have God within him. For this reason, God placed the man created by Him in front of the tree of life. This indicates that it was necessary for the God-created man to take God into him as his life. If man had taken God into him as life, then the divine attributes of love, light, holiness, and righteousness would also have come into man.
The man created by God had only the appearance of God's love, light, righteousness, and holiness. Man cannot have the reality of these attributes unless he receives God into him as his life. We know that according to the book of Genesis man failed to take God into him as his life.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 17-18. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.