~ common or unclean ~
Acts 10:28, “And he (Peter) said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”
During the 20th and 21st century, we have heard all kinds of name calling, labelling, bias, prejudice, and many other things; for the purpose of feeling or gaining superiority over another human being. So many of us, even Christians, have fallen into this trap and abused it to the detriment of ourselves and others.
Genesis 1:27-28, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God Blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Verse 3l says, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Hebrews l:2-3, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, who he had appointed heir of all things by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His Glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
In these scriptures, we find that our Heavenly Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, were divine images of each other. It is difficult for us to understand the Glory, Divine Nature, the tremendous implications of their Glorious images in their universal Kingdom and their thrones. The glorious radiance which emits around, through, emitting from their presence.
Mankind was created in their divine image but, through the fall, lost the lustre, radiance, and completeness as a result. But, Jesus Christ gave himself as a ransom to purchase us with His own blood, and to restore us in our divine nature through the new birth. Therefore, all of God’s creation of mankind is a divine act in creation of their image unto His own; thus, giving infinite value to each human being ever born.
Therefore, we can not and should not ever consider anyone of lesser value than the one our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus has put on each of us … especially, those whom He called and adopted into His divine creational relationship. When we fail to obey and see others as inferior and less than our Heavenly Father has called them, we are disobedient; thus saying, “God, you don’t know what you are doing and I know more!” Repent and ask forgiveness.
It is time we learn to look at every individual and see them as valuable to our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ, to bless us and many others. He has created all of us for a special purpose. Therefore, all are very valuable. We each have the possibilities and opportunities, if we ask God, to have Him do great things for all mankind.
Heavenly Father, please use me for your glory. Help me see and seize the opportunities for service. Enlarge my area of influence and make me a soul winner and life saver, and bring glory to others, that they might see you in your Glory and desire to serve you! Help me to learn the value of each and every soul you have created in your image. Keep me from judging, labelling, or belittling anyone, anytime. Help me to measure up to your standard, as one restored into the image of Jesus Christ and you Heavenly Father. Amen