1999 James A. Fowler
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IMAGE OF GOD
I. Representative Biblical references
Gen. 1:26,27 - "God said, 'Let
Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness... And God
man in His own image, in the image of God He created him"
Gen. 9:6 - "in the image of God
He made man"
Rom. 8:29 - "He predestined to become
conformed to the image of His Son"
I Cor. 11:7 - "man...is the image
and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man"
II Cor. 3:18 - "transformed into
the same image from glory to glory"
II Cor. 4:4 - "Christ, who is the
image of God"
Col. 1:15 - "He is the image of
the invisible God"
Col. 3:10 - "you have put on the
new man, who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to
of the One who created him..."
James 3:9 - "men, who have been
made in the likeness of God"
II. The word for "image" in the original Biblical
A. Hebrew word tselem - "image"
B. Greek word eikon - "image"
- from which we get English word "icon"
III. Theological interpretations of the "image of
A. Suggested explanations of the "image"
constitution of man
capacity of man
and dignity of man
16. Emotive ability
18. Moral being
B. The inadequacy of these explanations
explain the humanness or creatureliness of man
seek resemblances of man to God
are humanistic explanations of the likeness of man to God
IV. Defining and illustrating the "image of God"
A. The "image of God" is
of man to God - a "splitten image"
of God in man - a constructed image
of God in man - a mirror image
B. The "image of God" is
- requiring the "Being" of the Person of God
image - requiring the reality of God's presence
expression of the invisible character of God
by the life of Jesus Christ
Cor 4:4 - "Christ, who is the image of God"
1:15 - "He is the image of the invisible God"
from God in Christ; not inherent to man
expression; not static construction
V. Historical consideration of the "image of God"
A. Man was created with the "image
of God" - Gen. 1:26,27
B. When man fell into sin - Gen. 3
"image of God" was no longer viable for man
2:12 - "without God"
2:12 - "separate from Christ"
"image" was not just marred, distorted, or subdued
explain these verses:
9:6 - "in the image of God He made man"
3:9 - "men, who have been made in the likeness of God"
C. By the redemptive and regenerative work
of Jesus Christ the "image" can be restored to man
the "image of God" dwells in our spirit
presence of God in Christ in us allows for the reactivation of
3:10 - "you have put on the new man who is being renewed
to a true knowledge according
to the image of the One who created him" cf. Eph. 4:24
D. The visible expression of God's character
can be manifested in Christian behavior by the indwelling
- "predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son"
3:18 - "transformed into the same image from glory to glory"