“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
There is some debate surrounding what exactly it means that man was created in God’s image. But regardless of the specifics, it’s clear that there was intent in how man was created, that God set us apart from the rest of creation as reflections of who He is.
In the beginning, we were created in the image of God. We enjoyed unhindered, unshadowed fellowship with Him. He would walk with us in the garden and there was no regret, no guilt or shame or fear in our relationship. Then came sin. We broke the fellowship we had with our Creator. The curse came upon us and creation as a result of our rebellion, and the world’s beauty was marred and peace disrupted.
Through repentance and sacrifice, a relationship with God was still possible. He still loved us and offered forgiveness. But the Law was always ready to condemn us. It was a standing reminder of what we could never attain—a holiness that made us worthy to stand in His presence. The rules were far too much for us to uphold, and it seemed hopeless for us to ever fully know reconciliation and peace.
Then Jesus came. Our hope. Our promise. Our salvation. He fulfilled the Law. He did everything that we could never do. He became the sacrifice that would satisfy the righteous wrath of God and fully pay our debt. That debt we brought upon ourselves by every sinful choice and rebellious act. The debt owed to an infinitely holy God that we could never hope to pay. Through Christ, reconciliation is now possible.
And in this reconciliation, we see the fulfillment of that initial statement that we are made in the image of God. Because the Spirit of God now fills us. He is at work within us, transforming us at the very core of who we are. We are being made into the image of Christ. Any resemblance lost in the curse is now being restored as we are renewed day by day. This isn’t an overnight process. As we walk each step, intent in growing in our relationship and maintaining fellowship with Him, the Spirit does His miraculous work of making us like Jesus. Our lives are filled with hope. We are not who we once were. We are no longer enemies of God. We are no longer condemned. We don’t have to work to reach God—He has reached out to us, and we simply have to grab onto His hand. It isn’t about proving ourselves worthy. It’s about surrendering to the only One who is and allowing Him to make us into His image.