What does it mean that we are created in the image of God?

Last updated on April 18, 2021

What does it mean that we are created in the image of God?

In Genesis 1:27 we are told that “God created man in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.” This does not mean that we look like God, but that we bear some of the characteristics of God, the ability to love, make relationships, reason, think, care, understand, make decisions, and a host of other things. However when sin came into the world, retold in chapter 3 of Genesis, we see that our relationship with God was completely cut off, this meant that mankind grew further and further away from God’s desire for us.

A way towards restoration

However, when Jesus Christ came into the world, and opened up the way for us to return to God to be reconciled to Him, He has also opened up the way for us to return to the image of God. In Romans 8:29 we read “for those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His son.

If you are not quite sure what this means, put simply it means that if we become a child of God, submit ourselves to Him, and allow Him to transform us and change us from our old self, then He will change us gradually. The person we were before we met Christ, will be changed so that we will again bear the image of God, which He put there in the first place. Though the image was marred and hidden because of sin, yet it will begin to show again, so that we will become more like Christ in our lives, attitudes, the things we think, do and say.

God’s work in us will be completed

We will never be fully like Jesus whilst we are in this world, but Philippians 1:6 says that “He who began a good work in you, will complete it on the day of Christ.” So when we die, or Jesus Christ returns to earth, God’s work in us will be completed.

1 Corinthians 13:12 adds: then we shall see “[Him] face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” This is a great privilege for every child of God, and a reminder that even the worst criminal in the whole world was made in the image of God.

Get a good introduction about the Bible in What is the Bible?

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