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As we read in Genesis, we find that God created man in HIS (God’s)
own “image” and “likeness.” Look at Gen 1:26-27
     Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to
     Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and
     over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the
     earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
     27 And God created man in His own image, in the image of
     God He created him; male and female He created them.

What does it mean to be in God’s “image” and “likeness?” Does it
mean that God looks like us? Does He have a physical body that
resembles that of a man? No, I don’t believe so. After all, Jesus said
that God is Spirit. Look at John 4:24
      "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in
      spirit and truth." NASB

When Adam sinned, he lost something that goes way beyond just
being removed from the garden. What he lost affects all of mankind
and it deals with our relationship with God. The depth of what he
lost is found in Gen 5:3
       When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he
       became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to
       his image, and named him Seth. NASB

Whose “image” and “likeness” is Seth? Adams – not God’s! At this
point in time, Adam had sinned. Seth is in the “image” and
“likeness” of fallen man and so is every human that has been born
since then. Since Seth and all mankind are in the “image” and
“likeness” of Adam, then what did Adam lose that is related to God’s
“image” and “likeness?” If fallen man is not in the “image” and
“likeness” of God, can fallen man get back what Adam lost?

The key is understanding what is meant by “image” and “likeness.”
Are they the same thing? No! Dr. David Hocking gave a great
example of the difference between these words. If you stand in front
of a mirror, what do you see – your “image” or your “likeness?”
What you see in the mirror is your “likeness.” It is a reflection of
your “image.” Terrific! Now what do I do with this bit of
information? Let’s leave Adam and Seth for a moment and turn to
the New Testament and see what we can find.

To start with, we need to look at some specific verses where these
words (“image” and “likeness”) show up and see how they are used.
Rom 8:29
      For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become
      conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-
      born among many brethren; NASB

2 Cor 4:3-4
      3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who
      are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has
      blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see
      the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image
      of God. NASB

Col 1:15
      And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all
      creation. NASB

Rom 8:3-4
    For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the
    flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
    flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the
    flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be
    fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but
    according to the Spirit. NASB

Phil 2:5-8
      5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ
      Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not
      regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied
      Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made
      in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a
      man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point
      of death, even death on a cross. NASB

Do you see a pattern in these verses? Every time a reference is made
to the “image” of Jesus it is a reference to His Divine Being (God).
Every time the word “likeness” is used, it refers to His human role.
Why the difference? Because Jesus is God! As God, when He shows
up we see God’s “image.” Jesus came to this earth in the “likeness”
of man. In other words, God took on human form. God Himself (the
“image” – the “real thing”) took on human form (the “likeness” of, or
“reflection” of man).

Jesus the Man is the “image” and “likeness” of God. This is what
Adam was created with, but when he sinned he lost this. It is
extremely important to keep in mind that Adam is a created being
and scripture tells us that Jesus was not created. Jesus is the one who
did the creating. Look at the following two sections of scripture:
John 1:1-3
      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
      God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with
      God. 3 All things came into being by Him, and apart from
      Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

Col 1:15-17
      15 And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of
      all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the
      heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones

      or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been
      created by Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things,
      and in Him all things hold together. NASB

So what do we know so far? Well, we see that Jesus is God; Jesus is
the creator of all things; as God, Jesus is the “image” (real thing); as a
man, Jesus is the “likeness” of man, i.e. He is the reflection of God in
human form. Through the life of Jesus we see God. Jesus reflects
God. That is what is meant by Jesus being in the “likeness” of man.
Since God is Spirit, there is no way man could see God unless God
took on human form to reveal (reflect) Himself to us.

Now let’s take this information back to Adam and see if it is possible
for us (fallen man) to get back what Adam lost. To start with, look at
Gen 3:8
      And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the
      garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid
      themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the
      trees of the garden. NASB

At this point, Adam and Eve had sinned. Even though it doesn’t
specifically say it, the implication is that God walked with Adam and
Eve in the garden and spoke with them face-to-face. Now, because
they had sinned, something was drastically out of order. Instead of
seeking God, they hid from Him. Now they recognized that they
were naked and they were ashamed, therefore they hid. Weren’t
they always naked? What’s the difference now? I believe that they
weren’t exactly naked as we think of nakedness. There is a verse in
the Psalms that indicate they were clothed in the light of the glory of
God. Look at Ps 104:1-2
      1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
      O LORD my God, Thou art very great;
      Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty,
      2a Covering Thyself with light as with a cloak, NASB

I believe that when Adam and Eve were created in the “image” and
“likeness” of God, they were clothed with the light of God – the
Shekinah Glory. When they sinned, that was taken away. There is a
verse in Paul’s letter to Timothy that gives us an indication of this.
Look at 1 Tim 2:13-14
       13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14
       And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman
       being quite deceived, fell into transgression. NASB
Since Adam wasn’t deceived, that means that he knew exactly what
he was doing when Eve gave him the fruit and he ate it. I believe
that Adam knew what Eve had done because after she fell the
Shekinah glory had left her and he saw her in that condition. He
knew that she would die and he loved her so much that he was
willing to die also than to be without her. In essence, Jesus did the
same thing when He died on the cross. He loves us so much that He
was willing to die for us in our place so that we could be with Him
for all eternity.

Anyway, Seth and all mankind from the time Adam took the fruit
and ate it are created in the “image” and “likeness” of fallen man.
We are created without being clothed in the Shekinah Glory of God.
Can we get it back? Let’s see what scripture tells us.

First, let’s see what Jesus taught in a conversation with Nicodemus as
recorded in John 3:3-8
       3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you,
       unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
       4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he
       is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb
       and be born, can he?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to
       you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot
       enter into the kingdom of God. 6 "That which is born of the
       flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7

     "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8
     "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of
     it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is
     going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." NASB

Jesus is obviously talking about a spiritual birth. How can someone
be born spiritually? Look at what Jesus said in John 3:16-21
      16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
      begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
      perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son
      into the world to judge the world, but that the world should
      be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not
      judged; he who does not believe has been judged already,
      because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten
      Son of God. 19 "And this is the judgment, that the light is
      come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than
      the light; for their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone who does
      evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his
      deeds should be exposed. 21 "But he who practices the truth
      comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as
      having been wrought in God." NASB

The key is the last part of verse 16. It requires believing in Jesus;
putting our faith and trust in Jesus, i.e., accepting Jesus as our Lord
and Savior is receiving spiritual birth. As soon as a person does this
he is “born again.” This is what Jesus was telling Nicodemus.
Nicodemus believe that all he needed was to be Jewish and he said
that he was already a Jew. He couldn’t enter his mother’s womb and
be born any different. Jesus told him that being Jewish wasn’t
enough. Man needed a spiritual birth as well.

When we are “born again,” what happens?           Look at how Jesus
prayed for us as recorded in John 17:11-23

     11 "And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves
     are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them
     in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they
     may be one, even as We are. 12 "While I was with them, I was
     keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given Me; and I
     guarded them, and not one of them perished but the son of
     perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 "But now I
     come to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they
     may have My joy made full in themselves. 14 "I have given
     them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they
     are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 "I do
     not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them
     from the evil one. 16 "They are not of the world, even as I am
     not of the world. 17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is
     truth. 18 "As Thou didst send Me into the world, I also have
     sent them into the world. 19 "And for their sakes I sanctify
     Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
     20 "I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also
     who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be
     one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they
     also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst
     send Me. 22 "And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have
     given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I
     in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity,
     that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst
     love them, even as Thou didst love Me. NASB

Notice the emphasis on the unity of Jesus and the Father – they are
One. As He ends His prayer, He says the same thing of us with Him
(vs 22). As His child, we are one with Him. The glory of the Father
has been given to us through our relationship with the Son. I believe
this is the Shekinah glory of God. It is something that Adam lost.

Now let’s look at how this applies to the “image” and “likeness” of
God. Remember that the “image” is the real thing and the “likeness”
is a reflection of the image. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and
Savior, He (the image of God) comes to dwell within us. As we walk
according to His leading, He is glorified through us – His “likeness”
is reflected through our lives. There is a requirement however. We
must choose to walk in the Shekinah Glory (light). Look at what John
tells us as recorded in 1 John 1:5-7
       5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and
       announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no
       darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him
       and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the
       truth; 7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the
       light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
       Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. NASB
The word “if” denotes choice. We must choose to walk in the
Shekinah glory. The word “practice” in verse 6 means to “pursue.”
We must “pursue” the truth. We must choose to do this. When we
do, God is glorified through us. The word “glorified” means “to be
revealed.” Walking in the Shekinah Glory of God reveals God to a
lost world. That is our task as His ambassadors.

As a Christian, we are born again and at that time are created in the
“image” and “likeness” of God. We are new creatures. The old man
has passed away and we are re-born. We have regained what Adam

I pray this prayer every day for myself, my family, and my close

Father, I ask according to Your word in James 1:5 for Your wisdom
and I ask believing. Father, give us Your wisdom, Your knowledge,
Your understanding, Your discernment and Your peace and comfort.

I ask, not for any personal benefit but that You would be glorified
through our lives. Cover us with Your Shekinah Glory; surround us
with Your angels of protection; wash us with the Blood of the Lamb;
rinse us with living water and bathe us with the Holy Spirit. Help us
to put on the full armor that You provide as recorded by Paul in his
letter to Ephesus and be glorified through our lives. Father, I come to
You in the name of Jesus, Your beloved Son, my Lord and Savior,
because He taught us to come to You in His name. Thank You,
Father, for allowing us to be a part of Your plan. Be glorified through
us. Amen