God’s Anatomy

When God said “Let us make man in our image”, He did much more than a cosmetic job, matching one head, two arms and two legs. It was more than just giving us superiority over all other animals. God actually reflected Himself, His divine attributes, in our very anatomy.


Created: 2015/12/23.

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God reflected in our Anatomy

This article started as part of Conception is not Life. It continues the theme revealing scriptural principles that are reflected in the very origin of our life and in this case, in our anatomy.

This should not be a surprise to us. God directed Moses to carefully replicate the pattern he had been shown on the mountain for the Tent of the Tabernacle and all its furnishings (Exodus 25:40). Similarly God showed David the plans for the Temple that Solomon built (1 Chronicles 28:19). But Hebrews 8:5 reminds us that this pattern and plan was a “shadow of the heavenly one”. But aren’t we a “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). And so we too should expect that our temple, our body, reflects the things of heaven and God Himself.

The following sections contain a few examples that I have seen, but I’m sure there are many more.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Are you one person? Yes. Is God one? Yes. But we have this dilemma of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So look at our own body and what do we see…

Righteousness and Love

God is a righteous God. He has declared that “the soul that sins shall die”. This is the law which for God is His rational logic. But he is a passionate loving God that “desires all men to be saved”. This is a dilemma, sometimes for us, but especially for God who, having exhausted all other ways, sent his Son in the image of mortal man, to suffer and die, so that His righteous decree was satisfied when Jesus paid the price of Sin – death. Now all who accept Jesus receive only the Father’s love.

Our mind has two halves. The left half is the thinker – the source of our logical rational thoughts. The right side is the source of our artistic creation and emotion – our love. Joining these two halves together is a thick bundle of nerves that allows the mind to reconcile these two centres of our being. So we see the attributes of God, His Righteous logic and His Love reflected in our anatomy. And here’s the best part. Can anyone now see Jesus on the cross; His left hand reaches to God’s righteousness decrees and His right hand reaches to God’s love for man. Jesus then reconciles these through own body.

Male and Female

It’s all too obvious to point out that God created us male and female so that we might comprehend the passion that Jesus has for His bride. The covenant of marriage reflects the new covenant by which we are saved. We have children that are helpless and dependant on us so we can experience the Father’s love and desire for His children. But it’s much more.

God the Father created all things through the Son – not in isolation (John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2). So too we cannot create new life in isolation. The father/male acts through the mother/female to create the child. This pattern is true for all life on earth just as all things were created through the Son.

When Jesus spoke of marriage he said:

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. (Matthew 19:5)

Isn’t it great then that:

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)

At a microscopic level we see the DNA in the sperm from the man literally merge with the DNA in the egg from his wife to create one new life. It’s not the Old Testament understanding that the man’s semen was “seed” that simply grows inside the woman’s womb, but it’s a true joining and merging (uniting) that gives the new life. Note that scripture actually uses the word “flesh” not life in regard to joining together. So too when the sperm and egg join, the resultant embryo is just flesh. The spirit is still dormant, but later, when the embryo gets attached inside the womb and develops a heart and blood, it then becomes a new spiritual life! It’s always a heart (spirit) issue with God!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB®

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