Weekend Away Sermon 1
Title: Made in the Image of God
Point 1: The Meaning of the ‘Imago Dei’
Taken together, “likeness” complements “image” to mean that man is more than a mere image; he is a likeness of God
man is more than a mere image; he is a likeness of God
On the surface, man’s earthly authority here sets him apart from the rest of creation. Below the surface, this dominion imago Dei motif stands in contrast to ancient pagan religious belief that only ruling kings enjoyed royal standing before the gods and men, as evidenced by their dominion which they presumed to exercise on behalf of their deities.
Point 2: That impacts everything.
Both sexes reflect the image of God as “male and female” (1:27) and were commanded to “be fruitful and multiply” (1:28)
When Luke references Gen. 5:1–3, he calls Adam the “son of God” (Luke 3:38 HCSB). These two passages together communicate a common idea: from God, Adam received the imago Dei; from Adam, Seth received the imago Dei. Adam’s sin and its negative consequences for the entire human race without doubt marred the image of God, as no aspect of man’s being was unaffected by the fall. Yet it is presumptive to assume that the image of God was completely lost through sin. To the contrary, Seth and his progeny received and passed down the image.