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Image of God

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Humanity is created in the image or likeness of God. This image of God, given in creation, was damaged in the fall, but may be restored through Jesus Christ.

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Humanity created in God’s image

Image and likeness are probably synonymous terms in Hebrew parallelism. No physical likeness between God and humanity is intended.
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Paul implies that the divine image is associated in the first place with men

Although Paul at points seems to imply that the image of God is especially associated with males, he does not imply that this involves male supremacy:


Respect for human life in God’s image


The divine image implies partnership with God in the stewardship of creation

Genesis 1:26 NIV
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
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The divine image includes imitating God’s love and justice

Matthew 5:48 NIV
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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The image of God disfigured, though not totally destroyed, in the fall

Romans 3:23 NIV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Fallen humanity in contention with creation

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Fallen humanity and the exploitation of nature


Jesus Christ the image of God

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He is the exact representation of God

Hebrews 1:3 NIV
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

He reveals God

John 1:18 NIV
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Jesus Christ is the perfect human being

John 1:4 NIV
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
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Restoration of the divine image through Jesus Christ

The divine image is renewed in all who are united with him by faith

Romans 8:29 NIV
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
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The promise of complete restoration in the future

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The Christian life as a process of transformation

2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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