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Christian Pilgrim

 

61. Image of God



Man was originally made in the image of God: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."

Genesis 5:1 - "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him"

Genesis 9:6 - "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

1 Corinthians 11:7 - "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man."

James 3:9 - "Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God"


Man in his fallen state has lost this image:

Genesis 5:3 - "And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth."

2 Corinthians 4:4 - "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

Ephesians 4:18,19 - "Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness."


Christ is the image of God:

Colossians 1:15 - "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature."

Hebrews 1:3 - "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."


The image of God is restored in the regenerate:

Romans 8:29 - "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."

1 Corinthians 15:49 - "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Colossians 1:27 - "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 3:10 - "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."


This image consists in knowledge, righteousness and holiness:

Ephesians 4:24 - "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

Ephesians 5:9 - "For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth."

Colossians 3:10 - "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."


However, this is not all that the image of God is, because the angels were also created with these characteristics. Neither is it rationality or responsibility, because the angels had these attributes too. The only thing that we have been given that the angels were not given, is a ruling capacity:

In this world we are to have dominion over the creatures:

Genesis 1:26 - "And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

Genesis 1:28 - "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."


At present we are made a little lower than the angels, but will have a higher place than them in heaven:

Psalm 8:5 - "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

Hebrews 2:7-9 ­ - "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."


Angels are only ministering spirits to serve us:

Hebrews 1:14 - "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"


We shall judge angels:

1 Corinthians 6:3 ­ - "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?"


We shall rule over cities:

Luke 19:11-27 - "And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."