What does it mean to be created in the image of God? pt 3

In parts one and two we discovered that Christ is the gold standard of what ‘being created in the image of God’ looks like. Christ is the “express” image of the Father. He has the “fullness of the Father” which is expressed in the statement that he is in the Father and the Father is in him. Also expressed in the statement: The Father and I are one.

Christ is the pioneer and first born of the “new creation”. We are to be filled with the fullness of Christ and in so doing be filled with the fullness of the Father and participate in his divine nature.

By Christ abiding in the Father and Christ in us and us in him we abide in the Father. If we love Christ we love the Father and they will make their home (abode) in us and with us, and love us.

Was the receiving of God’s Spirit to clothe the disciples with power?

Luke 24:49 NRSV
And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high”

Did Jesus tell the disciples to stay in Jerusalem prior to them receiving the Holy Spirit? Above scripture and following. See above and below.

Acts 1:4-5 NRSV
While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1:8 NRSV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We see from the above verses that receiving the Holy Spirit was associated with receiving power.

And indeed, on the day of Pentecost the disciples did receive the Holy Spirit

Acts 2: 1-4 NRSV
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Verses 7-11 explain that the crowds were perplexed because they were from different countries and spoke different languages. Each person heard in their own language the disciples speaking to them.

Were the crowds amazed?

Acts 2:7-8 NRSV
Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?

Acts 2:12 NRSV
All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

Peter’s reply was as follows:

Acts 2:15-18 NRSV
Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

Through God’s Spirit we are granted love, a sound mind, power, are strengthened, and given faith.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJ
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind

Philippians 4:13 NRSV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 2:5 NRSV
so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

2 Corinthians 13:3-4 NRSV
since you desire proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you. 4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

Were the deeds of Jesus done in power?

Acts 2:22 NRSV
“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know”.

The receiving of the Holy Spirit bestows upon us power from the Father and we are to live by that power.

Are we the Father’s workmanship?

Ephesians 2:10 WEB
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Does the Father even cause his children to desire and act for his pleasure?

Philippians 2:13 BBE
For it is God who is the cause of your desires and of your acts, for his good pleasure.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Kingdom New Testament by N. T. Wright
All scripture is breathed by God, and is useful for teaching, for rebuke, for improvement, for training in righteousness,17 so that people who belong to God may be complete, fitted out and ready for every good work

Christ did not speak on his own authority but by Yahweh God’s authority. Christ did not do his own works but Yahweh’s works – so it is for us – not our works but the Father’s

John 10:32 NRSV
Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?”

John 14:10 NRSV
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.

Acts 2:22 NRSV
“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know

John 8:28-32 NRSV
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him. 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

We can see from the scriptures above there are “works” to be carried out. But these are were not Messiah’s works but his Father’s works. The Father even put the desire to do the acts into Jesus’s mind via  His holy spirit presence.

In John 15:1-5 NRSV we are given a picture of a vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

Those who belong to messiah are pictured as being the branches of the vine – we could actually say that the branches are the “fruit hangers”. The branches do not dictate  what fruit is to be borne but the vine does. Verse 5 states that Apart from Christ YOU CAN DO NOTHING.

How do we glorify the Father?

John 15:8 NRSV
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.

We can see that we are to bear much fruit. Fruit that Messiah bears through us through the the Holy Spirit.

John 15:16-17 NRSV
You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

What is the evidence of the spirit in you?

Galatians 5:22-25 NRSV
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NRSV
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end;

1 Corinthians 13:13 NRSV
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Jesus explains that he abides in the Father’s love and that we are to abide also in his (Jesus’s) love.

John 15:9-10 NRSV
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

We are shown what those commands are:

Matthew 22:35-40 NRSV
and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, ” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

We are given further scriptures of what is required of us (because we belong to Him and He lives in us) as follows :

Micah 6:8 WEB
He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahweh require of you, but to act justly, To love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Matthew 12:50 NRSV
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.

Luke 8:21 NRSV
But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Summary
We can see that we are to abide in Christ and this is pictured as branches of a vine abiding in the vine, bearing fruit. We glorify the Father by bearing much fruit. We are shown what that fruit is. We are also left in no doubt that the fruit borne is determined by Christ and that basically we are the fruit hanger. The fruit is produced through us as we abide in Christ, and allow Him to live with us, in us, through us, for us, as us. Just like Christ, we of our own selves can do nothing. The Father is all, and in all (1 Corinthians 15:28).

In part four we will see Yahweh God pictured as a potter and we as the pot as he forms us into the perfect image of himself.

What does it mean to be created in the image of God ? Pt 2

Previously we saw that Jesus is our gold standard of what “created in the image of God” looks like.

Hebrews 1:3 NSB
God’s Son is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his being.

Colossians 1:15 HCSB
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation;

Is Jesus the pioneer, the trailblazer for the rest of humanity?

See above and :

Hebrews 12:2 NRSV
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Romans 8:29 RSV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren.

1 Corinthians 15:49 RSV
Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Did Jesus have the fullness of God?

Colossians 1:19 NASB
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

John 10:30 NRSV
The Father and I are one.

Are we to be filled with the fullness of God?

Ephesians 3:14-19 NASB
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:9 RSV
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.

Are we to have the fullness of Christ

Ephesians 4:13 RSV
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;

Colossians 2:8-10 NRSV
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.

Colossians 1:27 NRSV
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Is Christ to be formed in us?

Galatians 4:19
My little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!

Philippians 2:5 NRSV
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Did Paul say that Christ was living in him?

Galatians 2:20 NRSV
 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

As Christ has the fullness of God, we are to have the fullness of Christ and through Christ we are to have the fullness of God. Having this fullness is put this way in scripture:

John 14:20 NRSV
On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 17:23 NRSV
I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Are we to be imitators of God?

Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Are we to be imitators of Christ?

1 Thessalonians 1:6 NRSV
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit,

2 Corinthians 11:1 NRSV
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ

Philippians 3:17 NRSV
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us

Romans 12:2 NRSV
Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us

As we can see by imitating Paul, who was imitating Christ (who is the perfect image of God) we are imitating God.

If Christ is in us and we are in him, are we a new creation?

2 Corinthians 5:17 RSV
Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

Is this “new creation” created in the likeness of God?

Ephesians 4:24 NRSV
and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NRSV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Through this transformation we become “participants of the divine nature”

2Peter 1:3-4 NRSV
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.

Are we to keep ourselves in the love of God

Jude 1:21 NASB
21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

John 14:23 RSV
Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

What did Christ say about “love of God” and “love of neighbour”.

Matthew 22:36-40 NRSV
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
37 He said to him, ” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38This is the greatest and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

John 14:21 RSV
He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 13:34 NRSV
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

1 John 4:12-16 RSV
No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

John 15:9-10 NRSV
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

I John 17:21-26 HCSB
21 May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.22 I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. 23 I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation. 25 Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me. 26 I made Your name known to them and will make it known, so the love You have loved Me with may be in them and I may be in them.

Colossians 3:14 NASB
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

The above scripture tells us that “God is love” and that those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them

How do we demonstrate that we abide in the Father and Christ?

1 John 2:6 NRSV
whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked

Colossians 2:6 NASB
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

The word “walk” is translated from the Greek word “peripateó”, Strong’s number 4043

Definition: I walk, hence Hebraistically (in an ethical sense): I conduct my life, live.
So basically we are to conduct and live our lives as Christ our perfect example did.

The Father abiding in us and we abiding in the Father and Christ abiding in the Father and in us results in us becoming perfect/complete.

Matthew 5:48 WEB
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

The word translated “perfect” is from the Greek word “ teleios” Strong’s number 5046

Definition: perfect, (a) complete in all its parts, (b) full grown, of full age,

Colossians 2:10 NASB
And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

2 Corinthians 13:11 NASB
Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you

Summary

Christ is the “express” image of the Father. Christ is the gold standard and perfect example of what “being created in the image of God” looks like.

He has the “fullness of the Father” which is expressed in the statement that he is in the Father and the Father is in him. Also expressed in the statement: The Father and I are one.

Christ is the pioneer and first born of the “new creation”. We are to be filled with the fullness of Christ and in so doing be filled with the fullness of the Father and participate in his divine nature.

By Christ abiding in the Father and Christ in us and us in him we abide in the Father. If we love Christ we love the Father and they will make their home (abode) and love us.

Christ is to be formed in us.

We demonstrate our love for Christ and the Father by obeying them by :

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

In future posts we will study how we are enabled to be “Created in the image of God”

 

What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Pt 1

Throughout history humans have asked why are we here. Ancient king David looked at the creation and also asked that same question.

Psalms 8:4 NASB
What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?

Can we find in scripture where God tells us why He created us? If we look at the book of Genesis in chapter one we find the following.

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. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Also we have it again repeated in Genesis that God created us in His image

Genesis 9:6
He who sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God was man created.

James 3:9 NASB
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

In industry and commerce it is quite common to hold up an example of what is considered a “gold standard” in a particular practice or quality.

Does God give us his gold standard of what a “human created in his likeness and image” looks like

2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Colossians 1:15 HCSB
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation

In fact Jesus is the exact image of the Father

Hebrews 1:3 AUV (An understandable Version bible)
This Son expresses the radiance of God’s splendour and represents His very Being,

The HCSB (Holman Christian standard bible) puts it this way

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature,

While the NSB translates it this way

God’s Son is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his being

While in John chapter 10 we find the following:

John 10:30 RSV
I and the Father are one.”

So we see it recorded in scripture that Christ was described as: “represents His very Being”, “the exact expression of His nature” and “I and the Father are one”

Jesus was a perfect image of God because God’s fullness dwelt in him.

Colossians 1:19 NIV
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

Did Jesus ever say to the disciples that knowing and seeing him was the same as knowing and seeing the Father?

John 14:7 RSV
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.”

John 14:9 RSV
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

John 14:10-11 RSV
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.

The word “dwell” is translated from the Greek word with Strong’s number 3306 which means “abide”, “stay” or “remain”

Whose words and deeds did Jesus say he spoke and did?

John 5:19 RSV
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.

John 5:30 NRSV
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

John 8:28 RSV
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority but speak thus as the Father taught me

John 4:34 RSV
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work

Luke 22:42 RSV
“Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

Matthew 26: 36-39 HCSB
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow -to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me.” 39 Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

John 6:38 RSV
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me;

We can see from the above verses that Christ had a will of his own but always deferred to the Father’s will.

Was Jesus made perfect?

Hebrews 2:10 NASB
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

Hebrews 5:8-9 NIV
8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him

Hebrews 2:10 ESV
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Luke 13:32 NKJV
And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’

Hebrews 7:28 RSV
Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever

The word “perfect” is translated from the Greek with a Strong’s number of 5048 which can be translated as “complete”. So Christ was made perfect or complete.

Was Christ tempted?

Mark 1:13 NJKV
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

Luke 11:16 KJV
And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

Luke 11:16 RSV
while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven.

Luke 4:13 NRSV
When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:13 HCSB
After the Devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him for a time.

Hebrews 4:15 HCSB
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 2:18 HCSB
For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

Did Jesus have faith?

Revelation 14:12 NRSV
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.

Galatians 2:16 KJV
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no* flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:22 KJV
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Romans 3:22 KJV
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Acts 26:18 KJV
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

2 Timothy 3:15 KJV
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:9 KJV
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Galatians 2:20 KJV
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Ephesians 3:12 KJV
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Christ is the firstborn of many brethren, the first of the new creation

Romans 8:29 WEB
For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Colossians 1:15 NRSV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;</>

2 Corinthians 5:17 WEB
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, they have become new.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The last recorded words of Christ on the cross:

John 19:30 NRSV
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.</>

The word “finished” is translated from the Greek word “teleo” Strong’s number 5055:

complete (consummate), i.e. finish (qualitatively) the necessary process – with the results “rolling-over” to the next level (phase) of consummation.

This phase of “creating man in the image of God” was finished/completed and was now ready to “roll over” to the next phase.

Summary
Christ is the perfect example of what a gold standard of ‘being created in the image of God’ looks like. Through his perfect faith and obedience, during his life, he suffered through being tempted and tested in every way. Christ always obeyed the will of the Father, completely believing Him and trusting in Him. Throughout Christ’s lifetime, the Father perfected/completed him so Christ was able to say to the disciples “He who has seen me has seen the Father”.