“The Man” is slang used in the United States that may refer to the government or some other authority in a position of power.
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Webster Dictionary defines a “man” as an adult male Human (One possessing a high degree the qualities. Considered distinctive of manhood such as strength, and vigor)
How Does the Bible Define the Man?
Genesis Chapter 1:27 gives us a complete image of who a man is or should be.
“And God said let us create man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over
The Fish of the Sea, and over the Fowl of the air.”
Throughout the Bible, we see that God’s intention is with man, and His thoughts are focused on all of man. And His heart desire is set on man. Man is not merely a creature, man is important, and God’s intention and desire are related to man. The biblical identity of a Christian husband goes deeper than labels. You are more than just a “born again” and “son of the king”; you are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.
We live in a time where clichés like “you’re worth it” works well for everyone. The self-affirming alpha-male worldview doesn’t appeal to a Christian man, made in the image of God. A man created in God’s likeness doesn’t need any extra makeup. His formulation of Christian identity is Biblical and practical, and sufficiently masculine.
“I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning” 1 John 2:13
Christian men are to be fathers, active workers in others’ lives, not just in the physical sense but in a way that their firsthand knowledge of God qualifies them to influence others.
Just as with mature manhood comes with impact to a son the wisdom, values, and creativity gained in one’s journey, the same with Christian manhood comes the desire to plant a spiritual legacy in others.
In our maturity, we call others to receive that same adoption, and we cultivate a new Generation as his namesake. In disciple-making, we sacrifice ourselves, taking on a measure of responsibility for the eternal welfare of others.
The man-made in God’s image are marked by vitality, enthusiasm, and drive. We draw our identity from Christ, the divine warrior whose crushing victory, promised in Eden, was fulfilled when he destroyed the works of the devil [Genesis 3:15, 1 John 3:8]. In Christ, we overcome the one who holds the entire world in his sway, joining Christ in stomping the serpent head into the dust.
Our victory against our ancient enemy is already a done deal because of where we draw our strength from. We are not victims. We are victors. We are more than conquerors, not merely conquered. Our standing in Christ strengthens us to crucify our tendency to pout, sulk and bemoan wrong done to us. We destroy self-pity and fight for joy, holiness, and self-discipline.
We are not just wanderers in some spiritual journey of self-discovery, just “trying to figure out life” with the rest of the loss masses. We have more to offer the world than just discussing philosophies devoid of absolute conviction. We preach Christ and him crucified to the damnable and dying. We are drafted to truth and honor by Yahweh. The man doesn’t don’t deconstruct; he builds.
The man isn’t merely a struggling sojourner or a religious conversation partner. He is a son of God, a spiritual father, and a fierce warrior.
Tunde Emmanuel Adeniyi has a BA in History and International Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He has a passion and love for Christ and he wants to share it with others.