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Are we made in the image of God?

Submitted: 3/16/2007
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Question: Can you explain how the word 'image' is used in the context of these scriptures. I always hear people say that we are made in the image of GOD. Don't know if I totally agree with that. Here are the scriptures Gen 1:27, Gen 5:3, 1 Cor 11:7,and Col 1:15. I do know that until we are saved we are in the image of sinful man (Gen 5:3). What do you think?

Answer: In the beginning man was made to be like God in many ways. He could reason, he could think creatively, he could love. He was also made physically in the likeness of the One who was to come, that is, Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in flesh, the image of the invisible God (Romans 5:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 1:15). Adam was made 'in' the image of God, Jesus 'is' the image of God. This image has been corrupted and disfigured by sin. But through the new birth and the working of God in our lives, we can be restored to the original image. Romans 8:29 says, 'For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son....' 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, 'But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.'