The Image of God
What does it mean we are made in the image of God? It means we were made to resemble God. The Image of God (Hebrew: צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים; tzelem elohim, lit. "image of God", often appearing in Latin as Imago Dei) is a concept and theological doctrine that asserts that human beings are created in God's image and therefore have inherent value independent of their utility or function.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:26, "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." In the next verse, God repeats that we are in His image two more times which makes it very clear, saying "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Some of the ways we were made in God's image are as follows:
1. We are both eternal spirits.
2. We are both triune. We are spirit, soul and body while God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We were created in perfect health.
4. We were not subject to death.
5. We both have morality, free will, consciousness, reason, creativity and intelligence.
6. We both love
7. We both desire social fellowship.
God also likes to transfer His image and looks for His image. He is attracted to things that resemble His image and this starts with His triune nature, which in this context we call the "Bench of Three." That is why every court has a "bench of three" judges and every synagogue has three leaders. I am working on a page to describe what is meant by this term but in the meantime, click HERE and listen to this. Progressing from Session 1 and 2, Ian now explorers the Hebraic concept of the Bench of Three, the Seven and the Council of 70. He proposes a shift in how we see the function and form of Government as heaven looks for a Shadow of itself to rest upon.
I have much more to add and will do this shorty so please check back!FOOTNOTES:
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