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”.

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