“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26

God created man in His image and according to His likeness so that He would work Himself in Christ into us and make us the same as Him to be His corporate expression on the earth. 

Image refers to the inward image of the essence of God; it mainly refers to the attributes of God, the essence of what God is. When an attribute of God is expressed, it becomes an image; strictly speaking, we as men don’t have the attributes of love, light, holiness, and righteousness, but we do have these virtues. God created us in His image and according to His likeness so that we as men would fulfill His plan, express God, defeat His enemy, and bring the kingdom of God into the human race.

As men, we are the means for God to manifest Himself, we enable God to move on the earth, and we are the means of God’s administration. When we as men cooperate with God, He has a way to move, manifest Himself, and administrate. According to 2 Cor. 4:6-7, we are earthen vessels containing a glorious treasure, and by beholding Him we reflect the glory of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:18). We common men can reflect the glory of the Lord.

We are men in God’s image and according to His likeness; we do not come from monkeys, for no other created animal has the capacity to receive God, contain God, and express God but man. God made us in a special way because He wants to make man the same as He is, His duplication, to be totally one with Him and be His expression and representation on this earth.

Because we were created according to God’s kind, our human virtues have the capacity to contain the divine attributes, We are such ones – we’re not just individual men but corporate man who looks like God, speaks like God, and lives like God; such a man makes God happy because God can now have a corporate expression on the earth.

The first man, Adam, failed to express God and represent Him, but the second man, Christ, came and fulfilled God’s purpose in expressing and representing God. It’s worthy of Note that Christ was not God reacting to the fall of Man but that has always been the mind of God, Man being like Christ.

On the cross, this one created one new man, a corporate man, which is the church, His Body, to continue the Son of God as the first God-man. Now we are here as the one new man to continue the first God-man in expressing God and representing Him.

FURTHER READING:1 Tim. 1:4; John 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2 Cor. 3:18).

CONFESSION: Today, I declare that I am an expressive image of God here on earth and through me Christ is revealed.Amen.