God’s Image – Gen 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen 1:27).

In the book of Daniel, chapter eight foretells the coming of Alexander the Great. Symbolised as a horned Goat who would conquer all, then split into four. Amazingly, on Alexander’s death his four generals divided his legacy equally.

Alexander

During Alexander’s lifetime he was presented a soldier accused of cowardice. When he asked the soldier’s name the response was “Alexander”. Imagine being brought before one of the world’s most powerful generals, whose name you share, with the reason being cowardice! Legend states that Alexander responded with “Change your name or change your conduct“.

Here in the book of Genesis, the first chapter of the Bible introduces a startling revelation. Man and woman are created in God’s own image. Theology grapples with this profound mystery. Is God a bipedal being similar to humanity? John tells us God is Spirit. Is this more an inward comparison; God has emotions, feelings, intellect as does man?

The answer is given in Jesus Christ. In Christ we literally see the Father. Christ embodies the Father in his conduct, compassion, sacrificial love and obedience. Christ is the image of the invisible God.

We also are created in the image of God. When we receive Christ’s Spirit into our hearts that image undergoes repair. After the fall of Genesis the original image was marred. Theologians have discussed the consequences of original image, perverted image and renewing image. To finally become the perfect image. Full circle achieved.

In our day to day lives, those that confess in their hearts to be followers of Christ, should keep in mind whose image they are ambassadors of? Does our conduct reflect Christ? Do we know the gospels enough to understand Christ’s character? Do we even care?

One day we shall all appear before the judgement seat of Christ (one far mightier than Alexander the Great) and each will receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad (2 Cor 5:10). A life that has reflected God as a coward probably won’t go down too well (Rev 21:8). After all, it is God who created you in His image.