Pastor Cookie Zhu
August 18, 2019
Created in His Image
In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness …” Image means “fully reflect the model or prototype”. God, our Creator tells us who we are.
It means we are to reflect exactly the image of God. We are to look like God.
“According to Our likeness”… Likeness means “the spiritual personality and a moral likeness”. It does not refer to the physical. God does not have a body.
What is God’s personality or nature?
If God is love, then we are love. If God is joyful, then we are joyful. If God is faithful, then we are faithful, if God is kind, then we are kind.
We are designed to reflect God on earth. God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. You are like a mirror. You reflect God’s image and likeness. When others see you, they see God.
After man sinned, the mirror was broken. The mirror is supposed to reflect God. But now it cannot perfectly reflect God. When a mirror is broken, we cannot patch the cracks. But Jesus made the broken mirror perfect again. After we got saved, Jesus restored us back to the original plan of God just like in Genesis 1. He restored our communication with God. So now, we can reflect God’s image.
But there are times we may not reflect the entire image of God. Others may have opinions of us.
But only the Word of God tells us who we are. God tells us who we are because He is our Creator.
When we are born again, we will look like God. Once we know who we are in Christ, it’s effortless to look like God. And we can reflect God well wherever we are.