So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21
It is clear from the account of Genesis that when God creates something, he creates it according to its kind. In the scripture above God is talking about every living and moving thing in the water, all of whom were created by God according to their kind. Likewise, every winged bird was created according to its kind.
It’s amazing that everything in creation has a pattern that it was made in accordance to. It seems God wanted to make it blatantly clear that everything that lives and moves has a source by which it was created. God Himself testifies that He finds this to be a good thing.
It’s no coincidence that we have been made like Jesus, not just made in His likeness, actually made in Him, we were made a new creation by His very own blood and through His very own body!
God has always known that the only way for mankind to truly live in freedom with God, and experience the life of God within them, was for them actually be made according to the life of God Himself, who is Jesus.
Through Jesus all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. John 1:3
Even when God originally made man in His image, as he did with Adam, it was not enough for man to truly be free and live in perfect union with God. Adam was made in the image of God, but he was still made from the dust of the earth; this is why God said about Adam:
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:9
Adam was made from the dust, and so according to his kind, to the dust he was to return. We however, as the Church, have not been made by the dust, but by the very person of Jesus Himself, and that is why we will return to Him and live with Him forever!
We were like Adam, but praise God that we are no longer like him; we can rejoice that we were not made a new creation with dust, but rather with the precious blood of Jesus!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
We have been made according to Jesus, and that is why we partake in His life and can live in accordance with who He is! God has created everything with a pattern that would ultimately reveal this wonderful gospel truth to His church even in the opening chapter of Genesis. He did this so that we may take confidence that we were made according to the person of Jesus, and so we are pleasing to our Father and can live in perfect union with Him.
We can now live without fear and walk confidently, knowing that any good work good has prepared for us to do will be done in accordance with the grace of God he has placed in us. Praise God that we were created in Christ!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.