Why God made man in His image

The Triune God began a close involvement with man when He created him in His image, 

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness….'”  Genesis 1:26

It is emphasised, 

‘So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him…’  Genesis 1:27

The message God gives with the creation of man is: 

  • Man is important to Me. 
  • There is a reason I created man in My image. 

Trouble came when Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  They were expelled from the presence of God because of their disobedience.   

Because God created man in His own image, He did not leave him at the mercy of the devil.  The Triune God would take responsibility for man.  At all costs.  God pointed to that when He,

‘The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.’  Genesis 3:21

God ‘clothed’ them.  That basically means they were ‘clothed’ with His forgiveness.  Before they sinned they were naked and did not need clothes.  

With this act God demonstrated how essential forgiveness is.  The guilt is exchanged with the innocent animal who died in their place.  It pointed to Jesus’ death on the Cross. 

But, God has an enemy, Satan.  Would he influence man to resist God’s way of forgiveness?  To be continued. 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

2 thoughts on “Why God made man in His image”

  1. Hi Gerhard & Alida

    This question really needs to be asked a lot more frequently, to remind us of who we are. I think to a large extent, men have lost their true identity. God made us in His image because we are His children. Dogs don’t give birth to cats, their children look like they do.
    God the Father is our Pappa, our Abba in Greek. Jesus said when we pray, we pray to our father.
    His love for His children was so strong that He gave up his flesh to be crucified, to save his children. Now who would not clothe his kids in the cold, or even give his life to save them from certain death? Even the alnimals do.



  2. Agree. I was wondering if one can say the following: God is the Father of all people. He created them. But, just as He said to Jesus, ‘Today I have become your Father,’ He says the same to those who are reconciled to Him through Jesus. Thanks for your interest. Love and greetings.


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