RE: The Image of God

This is video is really good. I would add the following.

The Bible declares that humanity is created after the image and likeness of the Creator (Genesis 1:26). Humanity is the created representation of God on earth and redeemed humanity reflects the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10; Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2). However, the image is a copy of the original, not the exact replica.

Furthermore, both male and female together bare the image of the Creator (Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2a). The male and female collectively share in the fullness of the image, not each individually fully bearing that image. This suggests that within the sphere of the image there exists a social dimension (Genesis 1:26; 2:18). The first man was created as a “son of God” (Luke 3:38) and so is capable, to Eve’s surprise, of passing on the image (Genesis 4:1; 5:3). Similarly, to be reborn of God is to restore the image and share, once again, in the nature of God (2 Peter 1:4).

The imago Dei carries with it the privilege of ruling over the rest of creation (Genesis 1:26, 28; Psalm 8:6-8). The first indication of human speech is in connection with his dominion-having authority over animal life (Genesis 2:19). Rather than the ruling over all of creation being a condition for having the image, more than likely it is a consequence of it. Whenever the theme of the image or likeness is present after Gen. 1, dominion over other life forms is never mentioned again (Genesis 5:1; 9:6; et al.). However, redeemed humanity will someday sit in judgment over the world and angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).

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