Image and Likeness…

What is God like, textAn important step in working out what God’s plan is, would have to be knowing What, or Who, God is.

Over the years I have heard various descriptions… like a kindly grandfather with white hair and a long beard; that he was just energy; nuclear power, and even a ‘blob’.

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Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to our likeness…”
Genesis 1:26 a

So, was Adam a ‘blob’, was he energy, or was he like we are?

I guess the answer to that is apparent. We are descended from Adam and Eve, and we are not ‘blobs’, energy only, or nuclear power.

It is interesting that God said ‘image and likeness’. I looked up the Adam Clarke commentary on this, wanting to know if image and likeness were two ways of saying the same thing.

Here’s what the commentary had to say on this…

And God said, Let us make man – It is evident that God intends to impress the mind of man with a sense of something extraordinary in the formation of his body and soul, when he introduces the account of his creation thus; Let Us make man…

In our image, after our likeness – What is said above refers only to the body of man, what is here said refers to his soul…

The image and likeness must necessarily be intellectual; his mind, his soul, must have been formed after the nature and perfections of his God. The human mind is still endowed with most extraordinary capacities; it was more so when issuing out of the hands of its Creator. God was now producing a spirit, and a spirit, too, formed after the perfections of his own nature.

 

So first of all, mankind were created with bodies… but likeness?

Was that brought to a crashing halt in Genesis 3, when Eve listened to Satan, and Adam disobeyed and took the Eve, Adam, serpentfruit she offered?

It begs a number of interesting questions, which is neither the purpose of the blog, nor do I have the qualifications to explore.

However, going by scripture…

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
1 Peter 1:18-20 (NIV) Bolding mine.

If this was planned before the creation of the world, that was before mankind was created… so there was a plan in place. It was not something ‘cobbled together’ as I might do when I find something has not worked out as I had expected. God, and the Word, knew what the outcome would be. Could it be they are still working on this? Jesus said…

But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
John 5: 17 NAS

If creation was finished in that first week, what are They working on?

Some thoughts to ponder on.

Susan

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