Mornings with Brunner - The Mystery of Man

As this is the most important question, the life of man depends on it. You are what you believe you are. The man is not God, but created by God. In his nature is a sinner. He represents the creation of God; he is what he is because God created him that way.
God uses human parents to bring man in existence. The man is part of this created world. He is in the same time dust from dust, and full of glory. He is created in God's image. This is what distinguishes him from the rest of the creation. There is some kind of similarity between him and God. He shares something from God. His reason helps him to think about eternity and infinite.
God created everything by his word, and man for his word and in his word. Man has the capacity to receive his word. This is the true significance of man’s reason. The man became a real man when he understands something about God. We are human beings when we understand something about God; we are human beings when we understand his word. When he says 'I am your God,’ we answer 'Yes, we are my God.' Then homo sapiens becomes humanus. We are humans when we allow him to speak to us. The man can say 'yes' or 'no' to his destiny. Through his answer man can become human on inhuman. This is the mystery of man: to have the liberty to say 'yes' or 'no' to God. We have this liberty from God.
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