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What does it mean that we are fearfully and wonderfully made?


Psalms 139:14

ESV - 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Psalm 139:14 declares, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." The context of this verse is the incredible nature of our physica...

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The word man is found 2737 times in Scripture. Several Hebrew and Greek words are translated man with various meanings, including Adam, male, husband, mortal, mighty man, and a human being.

Lets study importance of Man's creation: 
1. Inner man created (Gen. 1:26-27; 5:1-2). 
2. Body formed of dust (Gen. 2:7; 3:19). 
3. Made in God's own bodily image. Hebrew: tselem (H6754), shape, figure, physical form (Gen. 1:26,27; 5:3; 9:6; Num. 33:52; 1Sam. 6:5,11; 2Ki. 11:18; 2Chr. 23:17; Ps. 73:20; Ezek. 7:20; 16:17; 23:14; Amos 5:26). 
4. Made in God's own bodily likeness. Hebrew: demuwth (H1823), model, shape, similitude, resemblance (Gen. 1:26; 5:1,3; Isa. 40:18; Ezek. 1:5,10,13,16,22,26,28; 8:2; 10:1,10,21-22). 
5. The Greek: eikon (G1504) confirms the idea of physical image and likeness (Mt. 22:20 Rom. 1:23; 1Cor. 11:7; 15:49; 2Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15; Heb. 10:1; Rev. 13:14-15; 14:9,11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). 
6. Neither Dt. 4:15 nor any other scripture does away with the physical form of God. Just because Israel did not see any form when God spoke is no proof that He is bodiless and without form any more than someone else who might be heard and whose body is not seen. Many in Israel did see God's body (Gen. 18; 32:24-30 Ex. 24:9-11 Josh. 5:13-15 Judg. 6:11-23; 13:3-23 1Chr. 21:16-17 Job 42:5; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1:26; Dan. 7:9-14; 10:5-6 Acts 7:56-59 Rev. 4:2-5; 5:1-7 etc.) 
7. Understanding Anthropomorphism helps. There is no question that man was made in the likeness of God in soul and spirit (Eph. 4:22-24 Col. 3:10), but this does not do away with the bodily image and likeness of God, as in all the above passages. All angels and spirit beings have bodies as well as souls and spirits. Even resurrected human bodies are called spiritual (1Cor. 15:42-44), yet they will also be material (Lk. 24:39 Php. 3:21). 
8. Misunderstanding of this subject comes from not knowing what spirits are like. See The Spirit World.
9. The body is wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14). It consists of various chemicals--iron, sugar, salt, carbon, iodine, phosphorus, lime, calcium, and others. The body has 263 bones; 600 muscles; 970 miles of blood vessels; 400 cups on the tongue for taste; 20,000 hairs in the ears to tune in to all sounds; 40 pounds of jaw pressure; 10,000,000 nerves and branches; 3,500 sweat tubes to each square inch of skin (or 40 miles long); 20,000,000 mouths that suck food as it goes through the intestines; 600,000,000 air cells to the lungs that inhale 2,400 gallons of air daily; and a communication network that relates to the brain instantly any known sound, taste, sight, touch or smell. The heart beats 4,200 times an hour and pumps 12 tons of blood daily. Man's soul is the seat of the emotions, passions, desires, appetites, and all feelings. Man's spirit is the seat of the intellect, will, and conscience. It is capable of all divine powers only in a lesser degree. See Spirit. The inner man, consisting of soul and spirit, is eternal. See, 1Pet. 3:4. 
10. Man was made a little lower than angels (Ps. 8:5; Heb. 2:7). 
11. He was created sinless, but capable of sin (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12-21 1Jn. 3:4). 
12. He was made a threefold being--body, soul, and spirit (1Th. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). 
13. His flesh differs from all other creatures (1Cor. 15:39). 
14. Both male and female are represented in man (Gen. 1:26-28; 5:2; Mt. 19:4). 
15. Material and spiritual natures of man are clearly distinguished in Scripture, as follows: Soul and spirit not dust (Gen. 2:7). 
16. Spirit leaves body at death (Jas. 2:26; Lk. 8:49-56; 16:22; 23:43; Acts 5:10; 2Cor. 5:8; 12:3-4 Php. 1:21-24 Heb. 12:23; 2Pet. 1:13-15 Rev. 6:9-11 1Ki. 17:20-22 Job 14:10; 2Sam. 12:19-23 Eccl. 12:7). 
17. Soul and spirit are in man's body, but are not the material of the body (Job 14:22; 32:8; Prov. 20:27; Zech. 12:1; 1Cor. 2:11; 7:34). 
18. The body can be killed but not the soul (Mt. 10:28; Lk. 12:5). 
19. The spirit can be willing; the flesh powerless to execute (Mt. 26:38-41).

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Stringio Christian Nnamani
Well said. Thank you. Mankind is indeed fearfully and wonderfully made by God. God made man spirit, soul and body. 1 Thes. 5:23 says : and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The order is instructive - spirit, and soul and body. They all reflect the awesomeness and glory of God our creator but the spirit is more valuable than the soul, and the soul is more valuable than the body. The body will return to dust at death but the other faculties are eternal.
Our Lord Jesus said, "For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul"..Matt 16:25. This means that the soul outlives the body and is more valuable. 

The marvel and wonder is that God created man in His own image. And God said let us make man in our own image and likeness....Genesis 1:26. God created us with fearful and wonderful value to please Him. God came as man in Christ Jesus to redeem mankind from sin. On the other hand the devil is bent on demeaning and destroying the soul men. 

Finally we tend to ignore that the most valuable part of humankind is the spirit, next the soul, then the body. Created in the image of God we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you

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