Created in God’s image.

I’ve always been curious as to what it means exactly to be created in God’s image (or likeness). Do we physically look like God? Some people claim that we do. Yet John 4:24 says that God is a spirit. We are flesh and blood; mortals; physical beings. So it’s kind of doubtful that our physical body looks like God since God isn’t physical. Yet Genesis 1:26 clearly says “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”. Lets’ focus on “Let *US* make man” and “according to *OUR* likeness”. So just who is the “Us” and “Our” that the scripture is referring to? Verses 1 and 2 say that God created the heavens and the earth and that the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. There’re 2 right there. But is there another? John chapter 1(1,14) says that “in the beginning was the Word… and “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us”. This is clearly talking about Jesus. But it also says, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (verse 3). Colossians 1:16 says “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible”. So that makes 3 – God the Father, Jesus (God the Son) and the Holy Spirit. These are the “Us” and “Our” referred to in Genesis. So technically, we’re not made just in the image of God the Father, but in the image of all three of the “Godhead” (if you will).

“…In *OUR* image”. So how’s that work? Here’s how I see it. Like the “Godhead” (God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit), we also are 3 separate but connected beings; meaning there are 3 parts to us – a body, a mind (spirit) and a soul (the eternal part of us). Our body was made out of dust (Genesis 2:7, 3:19, Psalms 103:14, Ecclesiastes 3:20). We have a mind or spirit. That’s what “animates” our body (the breath of life – Genesis 2:7). And we have a soul (the part of us that is eternal). Mathew 10:28, 16:16, Hebrews 10:39).
1 Thessalonians 5:23 refers to all three parts – “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again”.
Maybe that’s why Jesus said, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). We are to love Him with ALL our being.

Mind you, this is just my thinking. I’m not saying it’s right (and I know there’re many who will disagree with me), but to me it kind of makes sense.
Shuhak Shuhak
51-55, M
2 Responses Jul 26, 2015

This is my own personal belief, but I believe that the part of us that is made in His image is our spirit. We have the potential to be a little like him. We are all 'what -ifs'. I believe that we show his image in our deeds. That which is good is in God's image. We all have the capacity, so part of us is in His image. It isn't the outward part that matters, though the world harps endlessly on about how we are different, but the inward, in which we all have the capacity for good, and the free will to choose our path. We were made in God's image, but original sin altered that. Not we only have the potential to be in God's image.

Interesting. Thank's for the response.

God gave us his image, similarity, likeness in the free will, immortality Eternal, the mind and discrimination, the meditation and perception.

Good point. Thank you for responding.