Question: the image of God

Here’s a question for you that I’d like your insights, questions, or wonderings about.

In Genesis 1:26-27, we read these words:

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

What do you think it means to be made in the image of God?

4 thoughts on “Question: the image of God

  1. Great question, Matt!

    For me, it’s both extremely humbling and encouraging.

    It’s humbling in that it reminds me that every person I encounter is made in the image of God. It’s like C.S. Lewis said: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked a mere mortal.” It’s hard to be proud and boastful and judge others when you keep that truth in mind.

    It’s encouraging (and mind-blowing) in that the Creator of the Universe made us like Himself. It’s a great truth to grasp in those moments when I’m questioning my worth as a human being. God made us personal and relational like Him. We’re His representatives — his walking-around temples — on this planet. When we’re full of the Holy Spirit and shine His love, joy and peace into the world, people can actually catch a glimpse of Jesus through us. What an awesome and amazing responsibility!

    Great topic. Really curious to see what others have to say …

  2. “The word IMAGE stands out to me….the image of God may mean that God created us
    “in His image”…in other words we were created not the way God appears in the
    physical, but in the Spiritual…..we were “formed” in His image….he looked down on us
    while he formed us from the dust of the land….and hoped as only God can hope….
    that we would in someway and someday “reflect back to God” and to others the image
    of whom and what God represents.”

    All of us are “creations” of God…”but” not all of us are “children of God.”
    In other words not all of us (obviously) “reflect back to God and to others the “image”
    of God our creator and our Savior in our actions, words, and deeds which is Love.”

    Jim Krueger

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