Do we know what a human person really is? The common excuse, â€˜I'm only human', is a put down. To be â€˜only human' is a glorious thingâ€”a creature of great dignity and nobilityâ€”we are made in the image of God! That means we are related to Godâ€”we take after Him. We are to be holy as God is holy. We are to rule like God rules. Yet we ourselves are not Godâ€”though we have tried to act as if we were. Shakespeare's Hamlet extolled the human race: â€˜What a piece of work is a man!' But he also had good reason to say: â€˜And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me.' We have exchanged God's glory for images of our own making, and then we have demeaned ourselves by becoming like them. Where can we now find a human being who is true to the way we are meant to be? Those who knew Jesus said: At lastâ€”â€˜He is the image of the invisible God'! And they knew that from before the foundation of the world we were destined by God to be conformed to his image. Through faith in Jesus, crucified and risen, our old self is stripped off, and we have clothed ourselves with a new self that is being renewed day by day in the image of our Creator.
Great Sermon! I can only say that his man, Deane Meatheringham, is God's gift to the Body of Christ for interpretating the Word of truth. He makes is plain and simple because the Spirit is at work in and through him.
Deane is married to Rosslyn has two daughters and is a grandfather. He was born anew in 1959 and after completing training as a carpenter and joiner, trained for the ministry. He was ordained in 1968 as a minister in the Methodist Church. He has served as a pastor in country and...