- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Monday, 21 May 2007 22:53
I. MAN CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. Genesis 1:26-27 — "And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Genesis 9:6 — "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
First Proposition: God created man in His own image after His own likeness.
QUESTION: To what do this image and likeness refer? Ephesians 4:23-24 "And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Colossians 3:10 — "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Romans 8:29 — "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 2 Corinthians 3:18 — "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." Colossians 1:15 — "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature."
The image and likeness plainly have reference to the intellectual and moral nature of man.
ANSWER: Psalm 17:15 RV — "As for me, I shall behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy form." (The Hebrew word used in this passage clearly means a visible form. Compare to Numbers 12:8 RV — "With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even manifestly, and not in dark speeches; and the form of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?") The image and likeness would seem also to have some reference to the visible likeness. It is true God is essentially spirit ( John 4:24) and invisible ( Colossians 1:15), but God has a form in which he manifests Himself to the eye ( Isaiah 6:1; Acts 7:56; Philippians 2:6), and man seems to have been created not only in the intellectual and moral, but also the visible likeness of God. (Compare to Genesis 5:1,3 — "This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him .... And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.") It is perhaps impossible to say how much of this visible likeness was lost by the Fall, but in the regeneration man is not only recreated intellectually and morally in the likeness of God ( Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:10), but when the regeneration is complete in the outward, visible likeness as well. (Compare to Philippians 3:21 — "Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.") But from John 17:5 ("And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was"), compared with Philippians 2:6 ("Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God"), we see that "the form" of Christ was the form of God.