Genesis 1:27 ESV
So God created man
in his own image,
in the image of God
he created him;
male and female
he created them.
What does it mean to be created
in the image of God?
This has challenged theologians
for centuries. Many commentators
have much to say regarding
questions about the nature of the
soul and the relationship of the
image of God to
our personalities, etc.
However, I don’t believe we need
to sort through all these complexities
to have a biblical understanding
of what it means to be
created in God’s image.
“The main things are the plain
things and the plain things are
the main things,” as Alistair Begg
has frequently said.
What is important and
essential is what is plainly
stated in God’s Word.
God has created man
to be in relationship with Him,
to resemble and represent Him,
and to rule and reign under His
“An example from the Ancient
Near East which Peter Gentry uses
in his book Kingdom through Covenant
is a powerful visual of this concept.
A ruler would place his statue in
a certain land and that statue would
indicate that he was the Lord of
that land. Humanity, as God’s
image, has a similar function.”
Man was created to distinctively
glorify and enjoy his Maker.
It is because we resemble God
that we are able to be in relationship
with Him and represent Him
in creation and
rule and reign under Him.
From the Westminister
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God,
and to enjoy him forever.
We are God’s handiwork,
we are His masterpiece.
We have been created by Him
and for Him.
And not only did He create us
in His image, but He is now
renewing us in His image in Christ.
…you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
…put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness
So look to your Maker,
fix your eyes upon Him. Ask Him
to meet you right where you are,
to help you see Him, and draw near
to Him in faith. Read through the
following psalm asking Him to glorify himself in you.
1 Incline your ear,
O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you
-you are my God.
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord,
do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good
abounding in steadfast love
to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble
I call upon you,
for you answer me.
8 There is none like you
among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
9 All the nations you have
made shall come
and worship before you,
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and
do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you,
O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love
you have delivered my soul
from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, insolent men
have risen up against me;
a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding
in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant,
and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
that those who hate me may
see and be put to shame
because you, Lord, have helped me
and comforted me.
In Jesus’ Name,