In His Image

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26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26-28

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

Genesis 2:18

On the first five days of creation, God made extraordinary things and ended each day noting “it was good.” On the sixth day, God created man and did so in God’s own image and likeness. In doing so, God proclaimed that day very good.

What does it tell us that we are made in God’s own image? Look at Genesis 2:18. First, it tells us that God is relational. Man, made in God’s own image, needed a helpmate. It was not good that he should be alone.

This is a reflection of the image of God. God, within the trinity, is not alone, but is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Word was with God.

We are relational creatures because God is a relational God and wants a relationship with us. He is not abstract, but is knowable, just as you and I can know each other.

Through being created in God’s own image; we have a sense of right and wrong, we have a sense of aesthetic beauty; we know things are pretty and ugly; we have a sense of justice and a sense of purpose. We have longings and desires and we crave a relationship with our Creator. Everyone goes out to find that relationship. Some invent gods to have relationships with them. Some worship themselves or creation. But that longing is there because we are created in the image and likeness of God. We also have relationships with each other because of this. No man is an island and no one wants to be alone. We want companionship because God wanted companionship.

All these things are because we are created in the image and likeness of a living God who before time itself began longed for a relationship with you. Because of the fall, we were separated from God who no longer was with and among us. This Advent season is a celebration of the restoration of Immanuel — God again walks with us because Jesus Christ was born in a manger more than 2000 years ago.

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Erick Erickson
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