The crown of God’s creation was humankind. The Bible says that God created humanity in His image and
after His likeness:
said, Let us make humankind in
our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the
air, and over the cattle, and
over all the wild animals
of the earth, and over
every creeping thing that
creeps upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)…. This is the list of the
descendants of Adam. When God
created humankind, He made
them in the likeness of God. Male and female He created them,
and He blessed them and named
them Humankind when they
were created. (Genesis5:1,2).
Man In God’s Image.
In other places, the Bible speaks of
humanity being made in God’s
image: “…and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10).
The Bible says:
And that you put on the
new self which was created according to God, in righteousness
and true holiness (Ephesians4:24).
A Physical Image.
What is the image of God in which
humanity was created? The idea
that humankind was created in
God’s image had led some to
speculate about the physical nature of God. That God
has a physical body was taught
by some early Rabbi’s and is
today believed and taught by the
Image Not Physical.
First, we must understand what
the image of God is not. The image of God is not a physical image. God by nature is
spirit – He has no physical form.
Jesus described the nature of God
in the following way:
God is Spirit, and those
who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John4:24).
Therefore the image in which He
created us could not be physical.
Things In Common.
To say that humankind was
made in the image of God means that God and humanity have many things in common. When God created humankind He gave them such things as personality, choice, emotions, morality,
Both humankind and God have
personality. That is to say they can
both think and communicate as
rational beings. They each have
personal identity that is separate
from other rational beings and from non-living things.
Humankind and God also have the
ability to communicate to
other rational beings.
A second common trait between
humanity and God is choice. Both God and humankind are beings that have the ability to choose, though God does not have
the ability to choose evil.
Neither God nor humanity are
programmed or forced to make any choices. This freedom was given to humanity by God and
humankind is responsible for the
choices we make.
Humankind and God both have
emotions. For example, each can
give love and receive love. God,
as well as humanity, can be
angry. Both humankind and
God have the capacity to feel and
express emotions. These are common traits that both God and humanity share.
4.Moral Sense Of
Right And Wrong
Humankind and God both have a
moral sense of right and wrong.
Each knows and understand the
difference between good and
evil. God, however, does not have the capacity to choose evil while humanity does.
Another attribute that God and
humankind have in common is
creativity. The Bible says God created the universe and
everything within it. Human beings are also are creative, having been given this ability by God.
Worthy Of Honor
The image of God means that
humankind is worthy of honor.
Consequently, the Bible emphasizes that humanity,
who bears the image of God,
should not be murdered.
Whoever sheds the
blood of a human, by a
human shall that person’s
blood be shed; for in His own
image God made humankind
In the New Testament James
argues that humankind should
not be cursed because we are
made in the divine image.
With it [our tongue] we
bless our God and Father,
and with it we curse
humankind, who have
been made in the likeness
of God (James3:9).
Be Like Him
Believers will eventually be
conformed to the likeness of Christ.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn within a large family (Romans 8:29).
Beloved, now we are
children of God; and it
has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him
as He is (1 John 3:2).
The image of God, in which we have been made, consists of such things as personality, choice, emotions, a moral sense of right and wrong, and creativity. The Bible
does not teach that the image of
God has anything to do with a