Short Essay on The Image of God
“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 sky and over the cattle and over all the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” This verse was stated in the first book of the Bible in chapter one verse twenty-six and twenty-seven. It is a remarkable thing when people read that when God created us, it was in His image. When Christians read this verse, it should change the way we see people. It should change the way we act towards our co-workers, classmates, and family members. In the following paragraph, we will be discussion what “the image of God” actually means. It is important that a person understands what this statement means because once people grasp that we were made in the image of God, it will affect the way we interact with people.
In Genesis 1:26-27, there are two words that are used, “image” and “likeness”. According the Berkhof, “these words express the same idea.”1 C.F.H Henry states, “The terms ‘image and likeness’ in Genesis 1:26 and 5:3 do not distinguish different aspects of the imago but state intensively the fact that men and women uniquely reflect God…In Genesis 1:27 the word ‘image’ alone expresses the complete idea of this correspondence, whereas in 5:1 the term ‘likeness’ serve the same purpose.”2 The reason this is important to understand is because the image does not have any materialistic properties. “The image of God is restricted to man’s immaterial part. The truth can best be illustrated with a mirror.
1Elmer L Towns, Theology for Today (Mason: Cengage Learning, 2008) p.571
2C.F.H Henry, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology: Second Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001) p. 592
As one stares into the mirror a reflected image appears. The image is not physical, it is...