26Then 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.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28And God blessed them.
This idea of being in made in the image of God has long been a question for Christians. What doe this actually mean, to be made in the image of God. Can I assume that God looms like Michael Mazo, or Maggie or Adam and Rick. When we see God in his glory will we see him in the image that reflects us? I don’t believe so.
After last Sunday night and after my first lesson on Knowing God, I had a great conversation about this very topic. After studying on this idea I have come to a conclusion of what this might allude to.
If we look at the verse, God the father is talking to God the Son and God the Spirit when he says, “Let us make man in our image.” So if we are made in the image of the trinity, then we are made in the likeness of God in physical, spiritual and eternal.
God looks out and creates the universe, he continues and creates the earth and everything in it. He says it is all good. He then looks out over the expanse of His creation and says, let us make man, so he reaches out from Heaven and takes his hand and molds man. Everything else He spoke into existence, but with man, He used his touch and created him, physical. What image was he created in? The image of God the Son. He created the physical form that one day He himself would inhabit and walk on his creation.
He then breathes into him the breath of life. This breath, the very soul that inhabits and brings the body to life. No other creature is described as receiving the breath of life. Why is this? This breath of life that God breathed into Adam, and I believe still breaths into us today, is where the Spirit of the Lord will someday dwell, and the same soul that will inhabit the heavenly form that we will one day posses.
I believe that when God created Adam He created him eternal. The proof of that was that Adam was able to walk with God. To be in his presence because he was made sinless. Because of his protection he was able to be in the presence of God. It wasn’t until sin entered the garden that he became separated and now his eternal life needed a sin offering.
Make man in Our image means more then I think we realize.
I may take time over the next Sundays to bring this up in the chapel. Your thoughts are welcome.