Biblical Anthropology concerns the origin, essential nature, and destiny of human beings. Human beings do not possess a knowledge of their own depraved nature not a saving knowledge of God apart from the work of the word, both incarnated and inscribed in our hearts and minds.



The Scriptures give no indication that God created humans out of necessity or because He was lonely. Because God is independent, there was no necessity for the creation of humankind {Job 41:11; Acts 17:24-25}; He has no need for fulfillment outside of Himself. Therefore, God must have created human beings for His own glory {Isa. 43:6-7; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:11-12}. Humans, therefore, are to delight in and seek to know their Maker {Pss. 37:4; Matt. 6:33}. Since humans were created by God for His own glory, then it is logical that humanity reflects His "likeness" or "image" {Gen. 1:26-31; 5:1-3}. God's creation of human beings was good {Gen. 1:31}, and they were the highest beings in the created order {Gen. 1:26; Ps.8}. As the highest creation, humans were given responsibility over the earth as representatives of God and caretakers of the created order {Gen. 1:26-31}. All humans were created equally in His image. While "likeness" does not indicate physical similarity, even the body reflects God's glory and is the means by which humans carry out God's purposes. The image is found particularly in the mind and heart. Being created in the image of God sets humanity apart from the rest of creation. Specifically, it involves the following capacities; moral {original righteousness {Eccles. 7:29}, mental {reasoning capacity and knowledge, {Isa. 1:18; Rom. 12:2; Col. 1:10; 1 John 5:20}, and spiritual {Gen. 2:7; Job 20:3; 1 Corn. 2:12-14; }. Yet the purpose for being created with these capacities is that humans might be capable of knowing and being known by their Creator. Hence the relational capacity, in which we glorify, yearn for; and delight in God, encompasses the others. That relationship is for the purpose of glorifying God and taking pleasure in Him forever {Ps. 16:11}.

Man, who fancies himself to be like God, is in reality more like the beast. This is our Preacher's Anthropology.Man who divorces himself from the requiring God, is doomed to a life of vanity {Ecc.3:15-20}.