Posted by: The Simple Guy | July 15, 2010

In His Image

I went to sleep the other night wondering about this parallel I see in these two passages:

Col 1:15-17 ESV
(15)  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
(16)  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.
(17)  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

and:

Gen 1:26-27 ESV
(26)  Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
(27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

So Colossians says Jesus is the image of the invisible God, and Genesis says Adam was made IN the image of God.  Being “the image”, and being made “in the image” are similar, but not the same.  The little word “in” makes all of the difference.  Like the difference between the coin and the mint.  He is God, and we were made like Him.  From the beginning we were made to be like Him, but not to BE,  Him.  For fellowship, for companionship.

Like this:

Gen 2:18, 21- 23 ESV
(18)  Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

(21)  So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
(22)  And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
(23)  Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

The woman was made from the man, and like the man, but not the same as the man, to be his companion.  Adam was the groom, Eve was the bride.

More on this later, but for now, let me say that I want to be in His likeness.

Craig

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