“in the image of”

26 05 2013

Have you ever pondered on this phrase?

In the Bible we’re told “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1v27

I get what the image of something is, but what about in the image? You might say “oh she’s the image of her mother!” but you wouldn’t say she’s in the image of her mother (would you? maybe I’m wrong!).

The only place where bible gateways search pointed me to a reference of the image of God was Colossians 1v15: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” which is a direct reference to Jesus, saying He is the image of His father.

So what does in His image mean? Does it mean we’re like a part of Him? That we have some similarities?

Any thoughts?!

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26 05 2013
Man

It’s because it says made in the image of. Think of it as (made in) (the image of), not (made) (in the image of). It’s like you would say a statue was a likeness of a person, because it was sculptured in their image.

27 05 2013
Sabine

I think that maybe, correct me if I am wrong, that it is to do with characteristics of God. The Bible talks about fruits of the spirit, along with gifts that each of us has given by God. He had these traits and characteristics and still does and these are parts of Him that He gives and blesses us in as we try to become more like HIm…? Not sure if that’s correct but that’s how I like to look at it?!

27 05 2013
Ineke

hey, yea that makes a lot of sense, another friend got back to me on facebook and said something about how we’re make like God, but He is without sin, and so that’s why it can only be part of the image, whereas Jesus was without sin and so is the image… all along the same lines I guess 🙂

29 05 2013
Toni

I tend to take a fairly direct approach to this scripture: God is trinitarian in nature, and so are we: Father, Son and Holy Spirit more or less have equivalents in our mind, body and spirit. Having this image also helps us to understand how God can be 3 ‘persons’, yet one person, and without schizophrenia. It also gives us an image of how true unity works.

Not everyone may see things quite as literally as I do, and that’s quite understandable.

4 08 2013
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