“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
Man was to bear God’s image in resemblance and in character. That image was most evident in terms of his spiritual nature. Man was created with the ability to think, endowed with a free will, a self-conscious personality and the capacity to dominate the rest of creation. These are godlike qualities, superior to any other creature.
This nature reflected the divine holiness of his Maker until sin shattered the divine likeness. It is only through Christ, the brightness of the glory of God and the “express image of his person” (Heb. 1:3), that our nature is transformed into the image of God again “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24).
As Christ is the express image of His Father, so the Christian is to grow “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). For both the individual and the church, likeness to Christ is the goal to be reached (Rom. 8:29). In 1 John 4:8 it says, “God is love.” Therefore, all those that reflect God’s image will reflect His love.
In His service,