BCL Grow: Imago Dei — Genesis 1:26

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Genesis 1:26 (God)

Bible Passage

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” — Genesis 1:26-27


“According to Scripture the essence of man consists in this, that he is the image of God. As such he is distinguished from all other creatures and stands supreme as the head and crown of the entire creation.” — Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 205.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: You may have heard the phrase “Imago Dei,” which is Latin for “image of God.” Think about the attributes of God and some of the ways humans are like God, whereas animals are not.

2. Answer: Humans still image God, even after the fall of Adam, but not fully in the same way as pre-fall. What are some of the elements of humans that have been affected by Adam’s disobedience in the garden of Eden?

3. Reflect: The fact that God made humans alone in his image gave them special status and unique responsibilities as God’s royal representatives over all the earth. The loss of righteousness because of Adam’s fall placed all humanity under God’s just wrath. We would have no hope without the God-man, Jesus Christ, being born in the flesh to be the second Adam who would earn life for all who trust in him and restore in us the original Imago Dei. Praise God for his mercies in Jesus Christ our Lord!

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