Last Sunday was the last of our church’s five sermons on doctrines. We have covered
(i) doctrine of the Word of God,
(ii) doctrine of God,
(iii) doctrine of Christ and
(iv) doctrine of Humanity.
The broken image of God comes under the doctrine of Humanity.
Only human beings are created in God’s image and likeness; not plants, animals nor
angels. There are two levels of creation: “spiritual” and “physical.” At the “spiritual” level,
God created angels who have no material body. At the “physical” level, God created the
universe, i.e. the galaxies, stars, planets, water, land, minerals, vegetation and animals.
Only human beings are created to “straddle” both levels. You and I exists on both levels at
the same time - indeed human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation.
Created in the image and likeness of God means that we have particulars qualities of God
in us, for e.g. intellectual ability, moral purity, spiritual discernment, creativity, ability to
make ethical choices. We also have a relationship with God, and among human beings,
and also as God’s representative in his created world.
Human beings are the apex of God’s creation. Although as a result of the fall, our image in
God is now distorted, marred, and disfigured, nevertheless we are still treasures in jars of
clay. In other words, the image and likeness of God in us is not lost. It is thus important for
us to learn how to avoid sin and evil on a day to day basis to preserve God’s image in us.
In Christ, that image and likeness of God has been restored in us. Christ is the image of
God on earth. Because Jesus identified with us completely, our salvation in him is also
complete. Being in the image and likeness of God means that we are to believe in and
follow Christ as our example. When unsure, it is always good to ask “WWJD?” – What
Would Jesus Do? and then do likewise. Following Christ and being a new creation in Christ
means that we are to here to bless the world, to be a blessing to the world, to reshape and
alter the world for good, and to stand in community with others as all of us are created in
the image and likeness of God. Hallelujah and God bless.
Pastor Boo Teong Khoo
Last Sunday was the fourth of our church’s five sermon series on doctrine and we covered
the incarnation of God, that is, the second person of the Trinity (Christ) becoming a human
The incarnation of God, its meaning and good news for us has been clarified by the first
seven ecumenical (universal) councils of the church. The ecumenical councils state these
• Jesus himself is God in the same sense that the Father is God;
• Even as Jesus is a fully divine person so is the Holy Spirit;
• Mary is the Mother of God;
• Jesus is fully divine and fully human (two natures);
• God died (death was undergone by the Son of God as “One of the Trinity suffered in
the flesh”); and
• Christ had both a divine and a human will.
The incarnation in the virgin birth tells us that Jesus’ birth is a divine initiative, God became
man, who is born not only to be within history but also above history. Christ took not only a
human body but also a human spirit, mind and soul like ours. Christ assumed not only
unfallen but fallen human nature. Christ had to completely share in our humanity. Had
Christ’s sharing in our humanity been in some way incomplete, then likewise, our salvation
would have been incomplete. Salvation is thus Christ sharing in our lives to save us. Even
today Christ is sharing in our lives, he walks and talks to us, leads and comforts us, picks
us up when we fall.
Jesus’ incarnation, crucifixion, death and resurrection tells us that his death on the cross is
victory. It is a victory of suffering love. Jesus when he was on earth loved us to the end
(John 13:1) and he completed what he came to do for us (John 19:30). It is the work of
suffering love, victory of love over hatred, and in the cross the paradox of love’s
omnipotence. Christ loves us yesterday, today and forever. Hallelujah and God bless.
Pastor Boo Teong Khoo
It is truly an incredible task to comprehend the sovereignty of God. I am not sure how you
felt when you read the above statement but I for one feel both a sense of dread and of
I feel dread because the God who is sovereign over creation, revelation, redemption and
final judgement is also the God who is sovereign over me. That is to say God is the one
who rules over my life. And just between us, there is still much of my life that has, foolishly,
not been submitted to God. There are times I find myself saying to God, only up to here and
no further. Keep out of this God. Just let me get away with it this one time. Why God, why!
But I know that God will call me to give an account for my life, whether I like it or not and
His judgment will be just. For whatever it is, my righteousness and my sin will be laid bare
I feel comfort because the God who is sovereign over creation, revelation, redemption and
final judgment is also the God who is sovereign over cancer, family breakdowns,
disappointments, heartache, immorality, death and everything in between. It means that
God is able to make a difference. It means that nothing that happens to us is ever outside
of God’s good plans for the world. It means that the suffering in this life will never be in vain.
God who is sovereign over the trials we face is also sovereign in getting us through the
trials we face.
In 1 Timothy 6:15, God is referred to as the Only Sovereign. The original greek text says
God the monos dunates. He is the mono, singular, the one and only, who alone is dunates.
This is translated as king, ruler, or sovereign and is where the word dynasty comes from.
You see God is set apart from all other powers and authorities. God is the only sovereign,
the King of kings and the Lord of Lords and He has sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem us
through the most unlikely of means- his crucifixion- that we may share in God’s dynasty.
What sinful man intended for evil, God intended for good.
God is sovereign and He has a loving purpose for your life.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have
been called according to his purpose.
Article 4.2 We believe in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the
The doctrine of Trinity is very significant and relevant in Scripture But it’s hard to
understand, to appreciate and to relate. It’s a mistake to try and grasp the doctrine with the
rational mind only. The best way is the way of faith prescribed in Heb 11: 6 “ Without faith it
is impossible to please God”.
Faith helps us to believe what God reveals the truth of the triune God as One Godhead. We
may not fully understand , but we can believe it as the truth as revealed in the Word.
Creation is the work of Father, Son and Spirit. Gen 1:1 The Father spoke. The world came
into being. Gen 1:2 The Spirit created order, form and grandeur on the planet. Col.1:16-17 :
All of the universe and earth were created through the Son and sustained by the Son. We
should take time to stare at the starry sky and give thanks to our Triune God for the beauty
Man was created in God’s glorious Image. But through the FALL, the image and fellowship
with God was disfigured. As a result Man embraced spiritual and physical death . But out
of deep love for man, the Father initiated the global Plan of Salvation (Gen 3:15). He sent
His Son to be the suffering Messiah to die on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins (1 Jn 4:
The Spirit was sent to bring Man to repent and be reconciled with righteousness back to
God (Jn 16:8). We need to thank God for the price of painful suffering borne by our Lord on
At the Baptism of Jesus at River Jordan, the Father spoke audibly :”This is my Son whom I
love. I am well pleased with His work of redemption”. The Spirit in the form of a Dove,
rested on Jesus and anointed Him with power for His ministries (Acts 10:38). The Godhead
of Triune God is clearly revealed here. The Son is emphatically loved by the Father and the
Spirit. When we love Jesus we also love the Father and vice versa.
Great Commission : The purpose of Jesus declaring the GC is to establish the Kingdom of
God throughout the whole world. Every convert is to be baptised in the name of Triune
It’s time that all nations be blest. This is to fulfil the covenant given to Abraham (Gen 12:3)
Obedience is a mark of love for Triune God.
Prayer of Dedication
Lord here I am ... send me.
I desire to be anointed, to be equipped with power, and to bear fruit of glory to the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
Pastor Kim Bew Lim