The discussion on man being in the image of God continues in this episode where it focuses on Jesus Christ. How is he described as being in God’s image and what is the implication for us? The conclusion to this study is a beautiful realization that our hope is to made into the image of the heavenly after the pattern of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
- Intro and Recap
- Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3 NLT). The image is about having the characteristics of God.
- When Paul quotes Gen. 1:26 he says “image and glory” (1 Cor. 11:7). How is glory related to likeness?
- We are living a process of being made into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18; 4:4-6; Col. 3:9-10; Rom. 8:29)
- We were born with the image and likeness of Adam (Gen. 5:1-3) the image of the earthly (1 Cor. 15:49) but being born again into Christ hope to in the image of the heavenly (1 Cor. 15:49)
- Final conclusion
What does it mean for man to be created in the image and likeness of God? Is it a physical image or something else? Frank and Tim start a discussion on this topic taken from Genesis 1:26. It turns into a really interesting study taking the show to unexpected passages in Scripture looking for answers.
Genesis 1:26 “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.’”
- Gen. 1:26 – Why does the grammar change to “us” at this point? Our hope is to be make like the angels (Luke 20:36) therefore the angels are involved at this point rather than begin directed as the case with the animals.
- The image and likeness of God
- What makes us like God compared to the beasts? “after his kind” (1:24-25) -> “after our likeness” (1:26-27), Psa. 49:20
- Is there a difference between image and likeness?
- God commands nothing to be made in his image (Deut. 4:12,15-19; Rom. 1:23 “corruptible man”)
- The future aspect of being made into the God’s image (Psa. 17:15; 1 John 3:2; Phil. 3:21)
Jesus said the greatest commandment of all was “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” and that there was a second like it “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This was so important that he said, “on these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40)
Tim and Aaron explore the importance of love as an essential of essential Bible studies. They go back to the Old Testament reference that Jesus draws upon as well as the context. Discover what love is really all about and how to know and show forth the love of God in your life.
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