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Shorter Catechism

𝒬 10. How did God create man?

𝒜. God created man male and female, after his own image,1 in knowledge,2 righteousness, and holiness,3 with dominion over the creatures.4

  1. Genesis 1:27

    So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them. (ESV)

  2. Colossians 3:10

    and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (ESV)

  3. Ephesians 4:24

    and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)

  4. Genesis 1:28

    And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Psalm 8

    8:1 O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
    you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

    When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

    Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
    all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
    the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

    O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth! (ESV)

Larger Catechism

𝒬 17. How did God create man?

𝒜. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female;1 formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground,2 and the woman of the rib of the man,3 endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal souls;4 made them after his own image,5 in knowledge,6 righteousness, and holiness;7 having the law of God written in their hearts,8 and power to fulfill it,9 and dominion over the creatures;10 yet subject to fall.11

  1. Genesis 1:27

    So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

    Matthew 19:4

    He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, (ESV)

  2. Genesis 2:7

    then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (ESV)

  3. Genesis 2:22

    And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. (ESV)

  4. Genesis 2:7

    then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

    Job 35:11

    who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth
    and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’

    Ecclesiastes 12:7

    and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

    Matthew 10:28

    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Luke 23:43

    And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (ESV)

  5. Genesis 1:26-27

    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them. (ESV)

  6. Colossians 3:10

    and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (ESV)

  7. Ephesians 4:24

    and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)

  8. Romans 2:14-15

    For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them (ESV)

  9. Ecclesiastes 7:29

    See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes. (ESV)

  10. Genesis 1:28

    And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Psalm 8:6-8

    You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
    all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
    the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas. (ESV)

  11. Genesis 2:16-17

    And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

    Genesis 3:6

    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

    Ecclesiastes 7:29

    See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes. (ESV)


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Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.