Man in the Image of God

Genesis 1 tells us God made mankind in “His image.” Scholars, pastors, and many devout Christians have tried to wrap their minds around this concept. It is not altogether apparent in what way God made man like Himself in His own image. Some Believers think God doesn’t have a physical form; that God is spirit-only, and the “image” that we have that is like His is really nothing physical, but spiritual. Man’s spirit is like that of God’s—different from angels’ and animals’.

And I see no reason to disagree. The Bible repeatedly defines the significance of man over the beast, and that we will even judge the angels one day, believe it or not. But I wonder if there is more than a spiritual similarity meant by “make man in Our Image.” Seeing as how man is more than spiritual (we are physical as much as we are spiritual beings), and capable of so much more than beast, aren’t there other ways that we share some metaphorical, and even perhaps physical, likenesses we share with the Trinity?

It is interesting to me that God addressed “images” in the Ten Commandments:

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
— Exodus 20:4-6

So God made us in His image, then He commanded us not to make images of our own of Him or any other gods.

Be Like Him

Repeatedly the Scriptures reinforce that Believers should be like Christ, listen to Him, walk in the Faith, put off the old man and put on the new. God made us in His likeness, and He wants us to be like Him. In most ways; we are the temple of the Lord; we are the vessel of the Holy Spirit. We are called to glorify Him, love Him, and enjoy Him forever. The Church is the bride, and Christ is the groom.

In most all ways, God wants us to behave like Him, think like Him, commune with Him, and just… be like Him. And as such, He will know us, and we will be the son’s of God.

So, everything we do is a reflection of Him—or is His command for us, anyway. When we work, play, worship, rest, and in all things we do, we are to be like Him.

God made man in His image. We are the artistic, metaphorical, persona of the creation that is, well, a reflection of the One True God.

I could go on, but chew on that for a while.

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