What Does It Mean to Be Made in the Image of God Essay

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Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” If we look at God as our example we can see that God is Trinitarian in nature and has created us in his image than we were made for relationships in the following areas: 1. With God (Theological) 2. With others (Social) 3. With creation (Ecological/Environmental) 4. With self (Psychological) When we talk about being made in the image of God we are not talking about physical appearance. We often think that because of our relationship between parent and child or seeing the same physical features being found in siblings that being made in ones image is a physical base. But in relation to God, God is spirit and therefore we are made not so much from a physical aspect of the image of God, but from a spiritual aspect. What I mean by this is that we share in some his attributes. God’s attributes are typically broken down into two categories: Incommunicable (not shared) and Communicable (shared). Some of God’s incommunicable attributes are (taken from Doctrine: What every Christian should believe by Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears): 1. Independence – God does not need us, or the rest of creation, for anything yet we, and the rest of creation, need him and can glorify him and bring him joy. 2. Unchangeableness – God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations. This is also called God’s immutability 3. Eternity – God has not beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. 4. Omnipresence – God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places. These are just a few of

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