What Does Created In God’s Image Mean?

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Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.


Atheists as well as false Christians who support the book called “the Shack” state “since God created male and female in His image, God is both and can be represented as both.”

Folks, that type of Biblical interpretation is not from the Holy Spirit but is demonic. It is trying to make a mockery of God’s manifestation through Jesus Christ who came as a man.

Context will reveal what it means by the word image which does not mean physical likeness but means position.

In verse 26 it says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness for what? They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth”. We are created in the likeness of His rulership. We are reflecting God’s authority over His creation which we are to rule over, just like God is the ruler of the universe so He has given us the authority to rule the earth.

Context defines image and likeness as in authority not in the sense of looking like Him.

A perfect illustration for this is found in Psalms 82:6-7 which says, 6 I said, “You are gods; (image or likeness, emphasis added) you are all sons of the Most High. 7 However, you will die like men and fall like any other ruler.”

The judges were called “gods” which in Hebrew is Elohim (little Elohim’s). They were earthly men with a high position of authority. Image of God and little Elohim’s both mean the same thing, rulers.

So in Genesis 1 to be made in the image of God meant that we are like Him as rulers.

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29 thoughts on “What Does Created In God’s Image Mean?

    1. Hey Patrick, nice to hear from you. What you said could also be included but to be safe in interpretation and not giving a maybe it means this or that, one must stick with what the immediate context reveals or if a cross reference gives more light to the passage. I appreciate your comment, thanks.

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      1. No need to get all up in arms about it. No need to begin bashing Catholic clergy, either.

        When any passage is unclear, one should look to see what (if at all) the Early Christians said on the subject. Their teachings are a most important part of Christianity, as many lived very close to the time of Christ and the Apostles, and some were taught by them.

        I personally don’t think that its simple enough to just say that man is made in God’s image and likeness means that man has the power of ruling.

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      2. You said-“No need to get all up in arms about it. No need to begin bashing Catholic clergy, either.”

        You seem a little paranoid, I was just asking you a simple question, that’s it.

        You said-“When any passage is unclear, one should look to see what (if at all) the Early Christians said on the subject.”

        I’m sorry but I don’t look at the writings of dead people but I depend on the Holy Spirit who gives the interpretation to men.

        You said-“I personally don’t think that its simple enough to just say that man is made in God’s image and likeness means that man has the power of ruling.”

        That’s your problem, it is that simple. Words have their meaning through its context.

        If you want to make it complicated than you will always depend on other people to tell you what the Bible means and never allow the Holy Spirit to give you it’s meaning.
        That’s a perfect combination for being lead astray.

        I’m not here to bash your Catholic doctrine but to help with any Biblical question one might have which I will never give you what someone else said but what the passage is saying.

        You have a blessed day Patrick.

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      3. You insinuated that I rely to heavily on the priest as an interpreter. This has nothing to do with my priest, or looking to the interpretation of others. So what if I agree with the Church’s interpretation on something? You believe that I should agree with your interpretation, do you not? Why should I?

        How are you to judge who has been inspired by the Holy Spirit if several claim to be inspired, and yet have contradicting teachings?

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      4. I’m not giving you my interpretation I’m just reiterating what the text says, without giving you what I personally believe it means. I’m just showing you what the verse says.

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      5. You are interpreting is as saying that man is in God’s image because of the ability to rule. That is your interpretation. Using your logic, anyone should disregard your interpretation because it is not their own.

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      6. What are you talking about?….lol

        Let me simplify it for you. God…created….man ….in …His …image then the passage continues to say that God put the man over His creation to rule over it. Man represents God as taking care of what God has made. As ruler, men exhibit compassion, love, knowledge and etc. God made us so that He can live with us in the new heaven and earth. All I’m doing is showing the reader what the text says, that’s all so no bias is put into the interpretation by me.

        I hope we got the record straight.

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      7. You said:

        I’m not here to bash your Catholic doctrine but to help with any Biblical question one might have which I will never give you what someone else said but what the passage is saying.

        There is no other way to give what a biblical passage is saying than to directly quote it. Anything else becomes a personal interpretation.

        I am asking you why should anyone adhere to your own interpretation? I also previously asked:

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      8. You are missing the point. I have not added anything that’s not in verse 26. All I’m doing is reiterating what the passage is saying. Show me where I had added to the text that’s not there.

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      9. True Christians are these:

        John 3:36
        Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”

        Anyone who believes and has put their trust in Jesus has the Holy Spirit (eternal life).

        Anyone who worships Jesus alone and not anyone else and gives glory to Jesus, the true Living God only is directed by the Spirit of God and shows that the Holy Spirit lives inside of that individual.

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      10. Any Christian can disagree on non salvific doctrine and still be a Christian and that’s because some Christians are more mature in the faith and have more understanding than others.

        But, if the disagreements extends to salvific doctrines than that individual is not a Christian but a deceiver.

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      11. By you asking me this question shows me that you either don’t understand what salvific means or you believe anything regardless if it contradicts the Bible.

        2 Timothy 1:13
        Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

        1 Timothy 4:16
        16 Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

        Those two verses clearly indicate that if a Christian strays from salvific doctrine most likely they were never saved and are deceiving people.

        In case you don’t know what salvific means. It means which leads to salvation, anything that would contradict the teachings of Jesus and the rest of the New Testament that would twist the person of Jesus Christ and deceive a person into believing in a different gospel that does not save (Galatians 1:9).

        For an example: free will or choice, those two are not needed to believe to be saved. Faith in Jesus of scripture is what saves.

        Christians can disagree on those issues and similar but if we tell someone that Jesus is not God, He wasn’t born from a virgin, He didn’t die on a cross…etc. Salvific is doctrine that will bring you a the right Jesus and who the Father is which Jesus revealed.

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      12. You said-“I was asking how did you determine that Christians can disagree of non-salvific doctrine?”

        It’s very simple, measure everything with holy scripture.

        Man-do you understand what salvific doctrine mean? Your question doesn’t make any sense.

        Doctrine that’s necessary for salvation cannot be denied, that would make it a different gospel.

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      13. Some doctrine can be ignored? When have I ever said that?

        I will make it plain. If two Christians disagree with a particular doctrine like for an example free will and choice…okay, that wouldn’t make them a non-Christian. We have mature believers who are more knowledgeable than others. Not because some are smarter but because those who are living right with God will hear from the Holy Spirit’s explanation of certain verses and understand while others might be too close to the world, not read as much of scripture or maybe they haven’t repented of a certain sin they have committed. Because of these differences, the receptivity of believers to the Holy Spirit are different.

        If a professing believer in Jesus denies a salvific doctrine like for an example: Jesus is not God but only a good prophet that professing believer is not a true believer because to be saved one has to accept the revelation that holy scripture tells you about Jesus because if one denies Jesus that’s revealed in the Bible than that person is believing in a false Jesus that cannot save them.

        Just because we disagree on some area of doctrine doesn’t mean that that person is not saved (see my explanation above) but the doctrine that’s essential to salvation all Christians must believe unanimously. That’s how you will know who is a deceiver and who is not.

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      14. I understand what you mean concerning the necessity of agreement in salvific doctrine. But are you are saying is that it is ok for Christians to have different beliefs concerning non-salvific doctrine?

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      15. Again, I’m not saying it is okay to have different beliefs in non-salvific matters but because of our status (level of maturity in Christ), some will misunderstand certain passages while others will not until they grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

        It is a process to learn from scripture which takes effort in an individual. Some are lazy to study God’s Word thus a lack of understanding and others are too much into a worldly lifestyle which the Spirit of God will not bless them with understanding because they are living in disobedience but will discipline them until they repent.

        Not all believers will understand fully God’s Word but is a lifetime process. Saying that….ALL Christians, concerning salvific doctrine, will be in unison because it is necessary for salvation.

        Without knowing the true gospel no one can be saved. It is essential to know the Truth which by the way is one of the reasons Jesus came to tell us.

        That is my position in regards to disagreements in the Christian camps.

        You and I would agree I hope that the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormonism aren’t true Christians because they deviate from sound doctrine in regards to the person of Jesus Christ…right?

        The core doctrine is what makes a true Christian, the rest is a process that all Christians will take time to learn. I hope that what I just said was clear.

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