Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
May 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM
“How It All Got Started”, Msg. 3

The traditional view as to the authorship of the Pentateuch is that Moses, the great law giver, prophet, and judge, wrote the first five books of the Bible. If this is correct, they were written during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness; the third period in the life of Moses.

Genesis records the beginnings. It sets forth several beginnings: the world, life, domestic relations, institutions, moral order, sin and consequences, God’s plan for man’s redemption, nations, and the beginning of the Messianic nation; in particular.

In some respects, Genesis is the most remarkable book of the Bible. It begins with the truth; that God is; that there is one God; and that He is the creator of the universe. Genesis teaches us that God made man and created him in His image. We are to be spiritual. Lastly, Genesis teaches us of the story of the human race and how it passes from a state of innocence into a state of sin.


Have you ever seen someone seeming to be in conversation with themselves?

This past week has been a tremendous blessing for me to have our baby grandson staying under our roof. The other day, he awakened from his noon-day nap. As I watched him on the baby monitor in full, animated conversation with himself, I wondered to whom he was speaking. Later that day it came to my spirit that he was in divine consultation with the Lord as he uttered only sounds of joy!

My grandson’s actions reminded me that God speaks to us while we sleep and is known to also awaken us in joy; even with praise on our lips! So this morning, I want to speak about a divine consultation with the relevant question, “Who is he talking to?”

When God created the world He said, “Let Us make man in Our own image.” Though there is one God, plurality is repeated in the words, “Let us”. The conversation was in His own eternal mind. As I mentioned last week, God had not yet created humans. However, from a theological perspective, there was the second personality: Jesus.
Yes, there is one God in three persons; and we refer to this as the holy trinity.

Man is different from every other order of created beings. Man begins with knowledge that we are made in the image of God. There are four consistent things that come to mind:

  1. There is a difference between human life and animal life. We are distinct in our moral, intellectual and spiritual capabilities.
  2. There is also a difference between human life and angelic life. Nowhere are we told that angels are made in God’s image. They cannot have the same relationship of love and fellowship with God as man does.
  3. The incarnation was truly possible. God in the second person of the trinity could become man because deity and humanity are not the same, but are compatible.
  4. Therefore, human life is due to causes in the body, but apart from the quality of life experienced by any individual, human life is made in the image of God.

Allow me to share more specific things about man that confirm him to be made in the image of God. Man has a natural countenance of looking upward, he has a variety of facial expressions, he has an innate sense of expressing shame, he speaks, he possesses personality, morality, and he communes with God. Man is able to make moral judgement and have conscience. This in no way means that God has a physical or human body.

God is a spirit and they that worship Him worship Him in spirit and in truth. Even though He has no physical body, He designed man to do many of the things that He does, like sees, hears, smells, touches, speaks, thinks, plans, etc. We are after His likeness.

God’s plan for man, even before He created Him, was to give him dominion over all the earth. When man does not carry out God’s assignment, it becomes sin. We must do what God commands us to do.

John, the beloved, apostle, and revelator said in the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. All things were made by Him. Nothing was made without Him. So to whom was God talking? John says the conversation was between the trinity. They had counsel within themselves. They had internal discourse. They huddled together as they touched and agreed.

Can you hear God speaking to us today? God said for us not to become weary in well doing. He said for us to be patient in the race we run. Let us rejoice today and be glad. Let us not be like others who are asleep. Let us keep in step with the spirit. Let us be prayerful. Let us reason together. Let us keep the faith. Let us stop passing judgment on one another. Let us do good all while we yet have the opportunity.