Made in God’s image

April 3rd, 2008

One of the things I have been reflecting on lately is how that as humans we are made in the image of God. Genesis 1:26 tells us that as male and female we are made in our (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) image and likeness.

There are several schools of thought as to what this means. One is that we look somewhat like God and possess attributes of God. Another is that the way we relate to God and each other is “like” God in the Trinity relationship. Lastly some believe that is a functional meaning, that is the way we work and have the ability to create. In truth it is probably all three together that somewhat capture the meaning of being made in God’s image.

As I have dwelt upon this another question has arisen. Why did God create us in His image? He didn’t need to do this as He could have made us any other way. As with most of my theological reflections I returned to the person of Jesus. When we look at the life of Jesus we see three things.

  1. He related perfectly to the Father in heaven – Many times He drew aside to spend time alone in prayer to the Father.

  2. He perfectly fulfilled the Father’s will – None more so than is the Garden when He said, “Not My will, but Yours be done”.

  3. He loved humanity perfectly – Wherever He went He loved, encouraged and served people. He even went to the point of death to show His love.

So why were we made in the image of God? My belief is that we were made that way so we could relate to the Father in the same way Jesus did while He was on earth, so we could do His will and so we could love and serve those people around us. God made us in His image and then Jesus came and modelled three things not only to show us what God is like, but so we could also follow His example.