From The Creation Answer Book by Hank Hanegraaff
First, we should note that, despite the fall, humanity continues to reflect the image of God. This reflection of his divine image in us has been blemished yet not obliterated. James, the half-brother of Jesus, affirmed this truth when he wrote that men are "made in God's likeness" (
Furthermore, through sanctification, God is renewing an image that as yet is blemished and broken. We have taken off the "old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator" (
Finally, it is liberating for believers to recognize that God will completely restore the imago Dei in fallen humanity. Paul wrote, "Just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven" (
Though we will never be like God who has "life in himself" (
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
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