6. How was man created in the image of God?
Man in the Image of God
(Genesis 1:27) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”
HOW then was man created in the image of God? This verse can actually be interpreted in several ways.
- Man either looks like God in appearance; or
- It was the image God had of a man that was actually created.
Not only is it possible, but it is more likely than not that God first envisioned the image of what he wanted man to look like. Because God is a spirit (John 4:24), we know the only way man can be the image of anything invisible, is figuratively speaking, by reflecting its character, not its physical make-up.
Thus God did make man in his image; it was God’s view (the visualized image) of what he would create. It was God’s THOUGHT (“Logos”) that came into existence. Before God created man, God first created the environment that would be needed to sustain the life of man (Genesis 1:27-30, 2:8-9).
It is logical, through the vision and purpose God had for Jesus (that which God foreknew), that God created the very environment (to sustain man) and the timing and means in which God would introduce Christ into the World.
In Genesis 1:26 the words of God said “Let Us” and “in our image”; We note, before we are tempted into making false claims about the existence of multiple god personages, it is impossible to say who the “us” or “our” is in reference to. It is therefore vitally important to consider all related verses in order to ensure that our interpretation continues to remain in line and in harmony with the entire word of GOD.
John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
John 5:37 “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.”
Most importantly there is no supporting evidence that God was talking to someone by the name of “Jesus Christ” (the “Son of God” / “Son of Man“).
- We also know that Jesus never said he was God, nor said he created anything.
- We know Jesus said; God was his Father in many passages
- We also know that Jesus said his father was greater than he; therefore Jesus is not the Almighty. There is only one Almighty God, who is the father of the spirits of all men (We are not given the specifics as to when spirits were created (angels, Satan, demons, the spirit of man, etc.). We are told that we have a spirit inside the body of man. You can’t actually feel your spirit or see it, yet we believe it to be so. How it was done we don’t know but God is surely capable of doing it.)
- We know Jesus is not mentioned in the Old Testament as physically existing (Jesus is said to be the seed of David, and David came years after Adam)
See also: (Incarnation vs Omnipresence)
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