Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Created – naseh – awsaw. – ‘Make’, as in create – to originate a species.
Sin, darkness and Satan have colluded to deeply blur this image of God in humankind. When we receive Christ, that image is recaptured. We are born again into the Father’s image. We are not just ‘created’. We are born of God. We receive the spiritual genetics of the Father when we are born from above. The traits of God manifest in our re-creation. When people meet us they should be feeling like they are experiencing reflections of God in the Earth. We do what God would do; we behave like Jesus Christ would behave. Our character reflects His.
Calvin stated, ‘The image of God is the complete excellence of human nature’.
The Bible calls us the image and glory of God.
1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God;
When we live in the ‘new man’, we live in the image of God.
There is a false righteousness and a false holiness. Neither reflects the image of God. The new nature reflects perfectly the true righteousness and the true holiness of the Father. This image we have been ‘made in’, is not just a distant reflection of the Almighty. Our intrinsic nature echoes the substance of God Himself.