We were not, and behold, we live, move, and have being. Hisalmighty hands formed and created us. He created us, O men,not like other creatures, senseless and irrational. He created usby His own special divine counsel,
"Let Us make man"
(Gen.1:26). Of other creatures it is said,
"He spake, and they came to be, He commanded, and they were created"
(Ps. 148:5), but notso with man. What then? Let Us, it says, create man.O most holy, O most beloved counsel! The Tri-hypostatic God,Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, said of man,
"Let Us create man."
What sort of man?
"In Our image,"
O the marvelous goodness of God toward man! O themost exalted honor of man! Man was created by God in theimage and likeness of God. On what creature has God bestowedsuch honor? We know none like it. It was bestowed on man andhe was honored with the image of God. O the most beloved andbeautiful of God's creation, man, the image of God! He bears itin himself as a royal seal. As the king is honored, so is hisportrait. As to God the Heavenly King is due all honor, so toHis image, man. God poured forth this goodness on us in ourcreation, O Christian. How then can we not love God?We fell and we perished. We cannot mourn sufficiently overthis:
"And man being in honour did not understand, he is compared to the mindless cattle, and is become like unto them"
(LXX-Ps. 48:13 [KJV-Ps. 49:12]). But even so, God