Genesis 1:27 says,
God created humanity in God’s own image,
in the divine image God created them,
male and female God created them.
The image of God. Christian writers–including the New Testament writers–fell in love with this concept. They became enamored, and still are, with the truth that humans are created in the image of God. They’ve stood on the foundation that Christ is the image of God in flesh, and to be Christian is to be formed or reformed into Jesus’ likeness.
BUT…what is the image of God? We’re bombarded with images all day every day that inform our idea of “what God looks like.” How do we arrive at something that’s true?
One of the most difficult places to navigate images of god is in the Bible. And that difficult task of navigation begins at the beginning. It starts with the Fall. In the story of the first man and first woman, the Bible beckons us with this question: Is that really what God looks like?
In the beginning of this series, we’ve landed (after a wrestling match with Genesis 3) on this for the first building block for God’s image: God is big; God is close. Listen to the message from Sunday, August 21, 2016, for more:
Image: Ross Stackhouse