What does it mean that man was created in God’s image? After careful reading of scripture, I think I know the answer to that now.
I’m sure if you grew up in church or been a Christian awhile you’ve heard the phrase, “we were created in God’s image”. And the people I’ve ever heard answer the question of what the phrase “in God’s image” means usually gave different answers that were a bit vague in my opinion. Most answers I heard were something to the effect that humans were made in similar nature to God, but not exactly like God.
I was reading back though Genesis 1 where the phrase originates, and I did what I usually do with verses I don’t understand. I looked at the verses near that verse which led me to an interesting conclusion. Let’s have a look at Genesis 1:26-28.
Genesis 1:26-28 states, “26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [ak]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [al]sky and over every living thing that [am]moves on the earth.”
The meaning of man being made in God’s image and according to God’s likeness as I read it in this passage, is that man was made like God in having power and authority. Just as God has power and authority over humans, existence, and reality as a whole, we have been given power and authority over every living thing on the planet. You look throughout scripture and even the current reality of today, we’ve exercised that power and authority over the animals and the plants. Perhaps not always successfully, but nonetheless, the animals and plants have no power or authority over us.
What were you taught “being made in God’s image” means?
Peace to all those who are in Christ.
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