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The Original State of Man.

The Original State of Man.

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BY J. Edmondson

Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him.
BY J. Edmondson

Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him.

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THE ORIGIAL STATE OF MA.BY J. EdmondsonGen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in theimage of God created he him.1 HE works of God are beautiful in their ap-pearances, regular in their motions, and usefulin their various operations. To contemplatethem frequently is both an important duty, anda source of great delight. The works of theLord are great y sought out of all them that havepleasure therein. He hath made Ms wonderfulivorks to he remembered. Psal. cxi. 2, 4.The first chapter of Genesis, out of whichwe have taken our text, <iontains a short ac-count of creation in general, and of man in par-ticular. The solemnity with which man was2 ORIGIAL STATE OF MA.created, proves that he was designed to fill animportant place in the newly-created world.A Council was held. Let us, said God, makeman in our image; so God created matt in hisown image, in the image of God created he him-Our text teaches two things : first, that Godcreated man ; and secondly, that he createdhim in his own image.I. God CREATED MA.Creation, or giving being to that which did
 
not exist before, implies such amazing widomand power as far exceeds our narrow compre-hension. That man could not create himself iscertain. It is equally certain that the angels,however highly exalted, could not create him ;for they themselves are but creatures. Theself-existent God, whose wisdom is infinite, andwhose power is unlimited, is the creator of man.Other beings, whether in heaven or on earth,are but of yesterday. They had a beginning ;but God is from everlasting. He received lifefrom none ; but gave life to all. The propaga-tion of man is a very different thing. God hasgiven him, in common with various other beings,a power to propagate his own species ; but if we trace propagation back as far as imagina-tion can carry us, we must come at length toORIGIAL STATE OF MA. 3a first pair, formed by an Almighty hand. Thesacred scriptures place this subject in a clearlight, informing us that man is a creature, andthat the God of heaven and earth, who madeall things by the word of his power, is his crea-tor.Hence we learn that man is absolutely de-pendant upon God — that he should be humble,giving God the glory of all his varied powers — that he should love, honour, and obey God — that every power, both of his body and mind,should be employed in that way which infinitewisdom may direct. Had he done so, from thebeginning, he might have relied on the good-ness of God for a supply of all his wants. Akind Providence would have watched over himfor good : he would have been safely protected
 
in every hour of danger ; and would haveenjoyed a large portion of substantial happi-ness, which might have been continued to him,through every period of his existence.n. God created man in his own image.Many erroneous opinions have been main-tained on man's primitive state. Some haveplaced him on a level with, if not above, the an-gels of God ; and others have placed him belowmany of his descendants. To avoid these wideB24 ORIGIAL STATE OF MA.extremes, we must abide by reason and reve-lation.The image of God does not refer to the bodyof man, which was formed of the dust ; for Godis a spirit, and cannot be represented by anymaterial form. Hence Moses said to Israel^Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves ;for ye saw no maimer of similitude on the daythat the Lord spake unta you, in Horeb out of the midst of the fire; lest ye corrupt your-selves and make you a graven imnge, the simili-tude of any figure^ the likeness of male or female.Deut. iv. 15, 16.That man resembled God, both in the spiri-tuality and immortality of his nature, and in thefreedom of his choice,^ is generally admitted ;but as the scriptures do not refer to these things,when they speak of man bearing the image of God, to enlarge upon them is unnecessary.

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