Matthew 22:20-21 (KJV) “And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s”.
In the verses that precede today’s text, the Pharisees tempted Jesus’ judgment, so they could pit him against God or at least against the ruling authority and the tool used was the tax coin. He however escaped their trap. The special thing about this coin is that it bears the image of Caesar.
Using this coin as an example, we intend to gain knowledge regarding the question, “what is being God’s image?”?
According to Genesis 1:27 (KJV), “…God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”.
So, what is being God’s image?
As Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees, the tax coin bears Caesar’s image, which indicates that it belonged to Caesar. So, being God’s image is to be God’s.
Secondly, Wherever the coin was spent, Caesar has authority, so wherever man is found, God has authority.
Thirdly, the coin testified to Caesar and reminded the people of him. In like manner, a man or a woman should testify to God and remind others of him.
In summary, according to today’s lesson, being in God’s image is to be God’s property and have the ability to represent and or testify to him.
Go into today knowing that the most reasonable thing to do as God’s property is to offer yourself to him.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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