Man in the Image of God!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

That man was made in the image of God is of a truth, the Bible tells us it so. But that was Adam, originally, what about since the fall? This is an issue I confess to have struggled with for some time, is man still in the image of God, fallen man I mean? What does the image of God mean? It means, man was like God, as created. Not physically but spiritually. The apostle Paul tells us there are three spiritual ways in which man was like God, (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10), he had righteousness, holiness and a true knowledge of God. That was man before he fell into sin and condemnation. He knew, loved and happily served God. This is impossible for brute beasts, they have nothing of the image of God. So what about now? If man has anything of God’s image left in him in his sinful condition, there must be something good and worthwhile in him, for God is always good. But the Bible argues, “there is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:10-12). The Bible makes it clear that there is nothing left of the image of God in man. It is impossible to believe, is it not, that a totally depraved sinner might bear a resemblance to God. Jesus says of the Pharisees, “ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44). The only likeness that fallen man bears, is to Satan. Salvation destroys the image of Satan in man and restores him to the image of God (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10), righteous, holy and with a true knowledge of God. We become imitators of God. This, the new birth accomplishes. So as I look around in this fallen world, all I see is men in the image of Satan, for I see none who I would describe as righteous, nor holy, neither do they have a true knowledge of God. It is this, through the preaching of the gospel we seek to bring men to. Question? Have you been renewed in the image of God through the gospel of God’s dear Son, been born again of his Spirit? “Ye must be”, Jesus says so (John 3:5).

(© James R Hamilton)
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