Gen.2:7′ God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.’
Can we not get a clue of the creator from the work of his hands?
Every human being is unique. His fingerprints, iris, gait set him apart from others. His voice is special as work of his hands is: one can easily set apart a sculpture of Rodin from say, Brancusi.
Think of man in the image of God because God bestowed on him his divine breath. It is unmistakable and makes man of different league than animals or other living beings. I hope to impress on all what makes man unique not in terms of biology, but in spiritual terms. Man is the image of God since his will is in direct context of of divine Will. Man as representation of his kind. Adam and Jesus Christ both hold two ends of it as one who caused death to enter as a curse while the last Adam as a blessing to all nations. If God the Son could work within his Will so can man. Jesus Christ echoing the prophetic psalm signified his body as a vehicle for fulfilling divine Will.
Man here is representational Man in that we see divine Will from the standpoint of God the Son. Adam represents it transposed into human terms. When God asks Cain, ‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?(Gen.4:7)’ Jesus testifies His Father as perfect (Mt.5:48, Lk.18:19). If the quality of goodness or becoming good was not inherent in man what good is gospel of the prophets or God? By breathing into his nostrils God made him in his image. That is signified in perfection. In other words the human will in direct context of divine Will. The latter supplied a quality that was his, and made it for man to discern his Will and be perfect even as He is. Every good and perfect gift is from above (Jas.1:17) In the aftermath of the fall of man let us look into the life of the patriarch. God encourages Abram and tells him,’walk before me and be thou perfect (Gen.17:1KJV).The living Bible translates this perfection as being blameless in his sight. It must be remembered that God said these words to one who did not believe in his promise. This point is made clear in his laying with Hagar. He might have had Sarai’s consent but that does not absolve him from his lack of trust. God’s Will is not changed because of man’s weaknesses. Man is not judged by strengths or by his weaknesses but in the manner he has fallen off from doing his Will. Legally Abraham might have had the right to go to Hagar but his imperfection was in his lack of trust.
Fall of Adam and failure of Abram to trust in the promise of God were dealt against the divine Will. Thus Adam because of his disobedience was sent out of the Garden; similarly it was for Abram to deal with the seed of Ishmael as his covenant was to be with the seed of Isaac.