Posted by: thaishin | March 19, 2016

What does it mean man is made in God’s image?

Question from Dr Michael Rydelnik’s email Q&A session on Saturday Mar 12, 2016:

God is spirit and He does not have an actual physical body, so how are we the people made in God’s image?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The idea we are made in God’s image is we are His representative. God is the creator and ruler of the universe but He says he made humanity in God’s image so that we will exercise dominion on the earth, that’s one way that we reflect His image. He is the creator and has dominion, he now allows us to have subregions to be there in His image. The other way we reflect His image is this: God forbade making images of god because they are representations of God. The pagan gods have image and representations and they put it in the temple. So, God says they are representations of god and that we are representatives of Him on earth as in psalms 8. The other thing that we are representatives of Him is that we have the capacity to engage in spiritual relationships as only God did. The animal kingdom is wonderful and God loves animals but they can’t engage in spiritual relationships. Another interesting aspects of God’s image is when God says “Let us make man in our image and according to our likeness”, so it’s got a plurality and yet there is only one God. The very next verse says God made man in his image male and female. So, the fact that there is only one kind of being, called the human being and so there’s a singularity there but there’s also plurality male and female. Note that Jesus is called the image of the invisible God and Jesus comes in the physical body of a man.

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  1. As already mentioned in above scripture, man was and is made in same way as Jesus Christ. We and Jesus began on earth in baby form and grew to adulthood. When Jesus died for our sins he left his earthly body and went to heaven in a spirit form. Human man also started as a human baby, grew up. When man dies from original human body he will be in heaven in spirit body like God himself. A earthly body could never live forever and ever in Heaven in God since his body would wear out. Man in heaven is in same form as God so the two can communicate while man in spirit is able to worship God. That is my primitive explanation and is just a few years we will have all the needed answers.


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