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Good Question: Reflected Glory
What does Genesis mean by man being made in the image of God?
By J. I. Packer

The bible indicates that my body, though not me, is integral to my humanity, which would be reduced without it. Scripture promises me resurrection. Plato thought I would be better off without a body, as many think today, but that is wrong.

I have a mind, including a conscience; also feelings and desires, along with my powers of mental and physical action. Thus endowed, I read the Bible as God's Word, teaching me what I should think and do about this puzzling, complex reality that I know myself to be.

Genesis 1:26–27 declares that God created mankind of both sexes, male and female, in his image and likeness. Image and likeness were once thought to express different things, but they mean about the same. This passage shows us, first, our unique and special dignity (God speaks of no creature other than man as his image-bearer), and, second, how we are meant to live.

Image means representative likeness—which tells us at once that we should be reflecting, at our creaturely level, what Genesis 1 shows God is and does. Therefore we should always act with resourceful rationality and wise love, making and executing praiseworthy plans just as God did in creation. He generated value by producing what was truly good; so should we. We should be showing love and goodwill toward all other persons, as God did when he blessed Adam and Eve (1:28). And in fellowship with God, we should directly honor and obey him by the way we manage and care for that bit of the created order that he gives us to look after, according to his dominion mandate (26, 28).

For us, then, as for Adam and Eve before the Fall, and for the Lord Jesus himself—the incarnate Son whom Paul hails as the Father's true image (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15)—being the image of God means actually living this way, moment by moment and day by day.

But, like Adam and Eve and everyone else save Jesus, we fail here constantly, however good our intentions as believers. And so, in spades, do all unbelievers who, being under the power of the anti-God force Paul calls sin (Rom. 3:9), lack good intentions (Eph. 2:1–3, 4:17–24). That does not mean, of course, that they are all as bad as they could be; it simply means that sin in the human system, our legacy from Adam, drives us all the time to be self-centered and self-seeking, and so robs us of the power to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength.

So a distinction has to be drawn. We still bear the image of God formally—that is, we still have in us the abilities that, if rightly harnessed, would achieve a fully righteous, Godlike life—and so the unique dignity of each human being must still be recognized and respected (Gen. 9:6; James 3:9), as a gesture of honor to our maker. But we have lost the image substantially, and it takes God's grace-gift of union with Christ to restore it fully. Through this gift we share his resurrection life in regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

Hereby we "put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" (Eph. 4:24), and are progressively transformed into the image of the Lord Jesus, "from one degree of glory to another" (2 Cor. 3:18). Thus the substantial image is renewed.

God's work of restoring the image starts in the heart, with inward illumination, our embrace of Christ, and motivational change at the core of our being (2 Cor. 4:4, 6, 5:17). Born-again believers want God more than they want anything else. In daily life our strongest desire is to love and worship and serve and please and honor and glorify the Father and the Son, who saved us.

Also, we find ourselves wanting to do good to others every way we can, and most of all to share with others our knowledge of new life with God in Christ.

Thus all our duty becomes all our delight at the deepest level, and from our new motivation comes that imitation of God and of Christ that is every Christian's calling (1 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 5:1; 1 Thess. 1:6)—and which is precisely expressing the image of God in daily life. True imaging of God in Christlike action starts with the Christlike motivation of the regenerate, Spirit-indwelt heart.

Two humans, living in God's image, were the crown of God's creation. Our fallen race, acting out the image of Satan, ruins his creation. A new humanity, the company of believers recreated in Christ's image, will adorn and enjoy the new heaven and earth that are promised. Praise God!

J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College and an executive editor of Christianity Today.
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Christ and the Pharisee
Jill Carattini

Nicodemus was confused. He had come to Jesus by night professing what he
thought he knew. "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God.
For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were
not with him" (John 3:2). Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a member of the
Jewish ruling council. He was highly regarded, most likely explaining the
veil of night by which he sought to meet Jesus. Even so, it was an act of
faith to seek out this controversial young man from Galilee; it was an act
of humility to grapple with a message that thoroughly confused him, a
message that seemed to call the very basis of his faith into question.

In reply to Nicodemus's admission that night, Jesus offered one of his
own, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is
born again" (3:3). The ensuing conversation is one of mystery and

"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he
cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb" (3:4).

Again Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom
of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to
flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised
at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it
pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or
where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit" (3:5-8).

Nicodemus replied as many of us reply on the journey to faith and
belief--as one reaching for light to see the dim outline of the picture
before him. "How can this be?" he asked, and the conversation that
followed showed a man not asking hypothetically but actually, as one
really longing to understand the logistics of rebirth. Nicodemus came to
Jesus in the obscurity of darkness and found himself confronted by a
conversation about flesh and spirit and light. "[W]hoever lives by the
truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he
has done has been done through God" (3:21).

G.K. Chesterton once said that it is important for a landlady who is
considering a lodger to know his income, but it is more important to know
his philosophy. Likewise, for the general about to fight an enemy, it is
important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know
the enemy's worldview. "[T]he question" writes Chesterton, "is not
whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether in the long
run, anything else affects them."(1) The big picture is always the most
important picture. And when the picture is God, He outgrows every frame
through which our eyes begin to see Him.

"Aslan," said Lucy, "You're bigger."

"I am not," said the lion. "But every year you grow; you will find me

For Nicodemus, the entire picture was turned on its head. Everything he
knew was cast into shadows by the light that stood before him. "How can
this be?" are the last words we hear from Nicodemus this night. The
darkened exchange of Christ and the Pharisee is one that ends without
clarity. True to our own lives, his confusion does not seem to disperse
in the expanse of one chapter. But there are two more references to
Nicodemus in John's Gospel and they suggest that that this initial meeting
with Jesus was the beginning of something of a journey. In the darkness
faith, Nicodemus seems to have discovered the God who is there and the
light who draws us further up and further in, until standing before Him,
we are reborn.

Jill Carattini is senior associate writer for Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.

(1) G.K. Chesterton, Heretics (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing,
2003), 15.

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believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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