Sunday, December 9, 2012


All human beings are created in the image of God, but following the Fall, man is never said to be "in the likeness of God" again.  The word "image" is from the Hebrew צֶלֶם (tselem), meaning "to resemble in appearance or look like someone or something"; the word "likeness" is from the Hebrew דְּמוּת (dĕmuwth), meaning "to resemble in character or to be like someone or something."  By comparing Genesis 1:26-27 and 5:1, we see that Adam was created in both God's image and His likeness.       

"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.  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them" (Gen. 1:26-27).  "This is the book of the generations of Adam.  In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him" (Gen. 5:1).   However, after Adam sinned, he no longer was like God. He still resembled Him, that is, one could say Adam was "the spittin' image of his Father," but he certainly could not be considered to be holy like Him.

That Adam was no longer like God, is seen in the description of the birth of Seth.  "And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth" (Gen 5:3).  Notice that Seth was begotten in the image and likeness of Adam, not God.  Adam was still made in the image of God, but he was no longer like Him.  Man is also said to be made in the image of God after the flood.  Moses wrote, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man" (Gen. 9:6).
I would ask you:  Do you resemble Jesus physically?  Yes, we are all human beings.  Do you resemble Jesus spiritually?  No, that will not occur until we meet Him; He will change us at that very instant.  Praise God!  The Apostle John wrote, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 Jn. 3:2).

I don't know about any of you, but I can't wait!!!!!!! 

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