Are We Created In God's Image?
Are we truly created in God’s image? We know that Adam was. We also know that Adam was created in at least 10 dimensions1, plus one for time (Einstein proved time was a dimension). Science websites have anywhere from 10 to 26 dimensions that are knowable, while we live in just 4; length, width, height, and time2. When Adam sinned, the dimensions were fractured. If there are 10 dimensions, only 4 are knowable. Before Adam sinned, he enjoyed the dimensionality that God had. After all, Adam was created in God’s image3.
Since Adam was created in God’s image, let’s take a closer look at Adam and his wife. We will look before and after the “fall”. Who was Adam? He was the first man, right? Who named him Adam? God did, of course. Who named Adam’s wife? That is an interesting question. In Genesis 3:20, Adam named her Eve. “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living”. If Adam named her Eve, what did God call her? According to Genesis 5:1, He called her Adam as well. “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created”. Why in the world would He do that? Where they Mr. and Mrs. Adam? No, it is much deeper than that. It is not a male or female thing; it is a blood thing.
In biology, the blood comes from the father. While you may have your mother’s blood type because of shared DNA, your blood comes from your father. When you are in your mother’s womb, you are connected to an umbilical cord. The cord does not attach to the mother, it attaches to the placenta4. The umbilical cord not only supplies oxygen and food, but it also protects the baby from the mother’s blood. God set this up on purpose in anticipation of the coming Messiah who would need to be protected from Mary’s tainted blood. Since Adam was created and not born, did he have blood? Of course, he did. According to Leviticus 17:14, blood is life and without it you do not live. “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off”. Adam obviously had blood. But whose? His father’s of course. God provided Adam with pure, perfect, and uncorrupted blood as He did all his other body parts. Which begs the question, what does Adam actually mean?
If all Hebrew names have deep meanings, should Adam’s as well? The word Adam is broken down into two parts; A – Dam. Taking the second part first, dam in the Hebrew language is blood. Okay, so what about the A? In Revelation 1:8, Jesus said He was “the Alpha and the Omega”. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the language the New Testament was originally written in. The same two letters in the Hebrew language are the Aleph and the Tau. These are the first and last letters in the Hebrew language. In Zechariah 12:10, the phrase “they shall look upon me whom they have pierced” has two Hebrew letters not translated into English. Why is this important? They are the Aleph and the Tau. It should be translated, “they shall look upon me, the Aleph and the Tau (Alpha and Omega), whom they have pierced”. In John 8:58, Jesus tells the Pharisees that “before Abraham was, I am”. Did you catch that? He was claiming to be God. Here is the point. Jesus was the first. He was the first in everything. Before anything was, He was. He is letting us know He is the A in Adam. Adam means God’s blood. You could translate it as “pure, holy, and uncorrupted, God provided blood”.
If you look up the meaning of Adam in Strong’s Concordance, you will get “ruddy; a human being; to show blood; flush or turn rosy; be red”. This makes sense because your blood makes your color. If someone blushes or is angry, their face turns red. Why? Because the blood rushes to their face. If they are dead, they are completely white or ashy because of no blood in their skin. What about Eve? Whose blood did she have? While she may have been made from a part of Adam, he was not her parent or creator. Adam said she was, “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”. He did NOT say blood of his blood. God created Eve. Therefore, He put His blood in her. God’s blood was flowing in Eve as well as Adam. Is it clear why God called “their name Adam”? They both had His blood.
In 1 Corinthians 15:45-47, Jesus was not an Adamic number. He was not the second Adam; He was the “last Adam”. He would be the last one with God’s blood. Notice He is called “the second man” and not the second Adam; Eve was the second Adam.This is where the need for being “born again” comes in when being described to Nicodemus in John 3:3. Adam and Eve’s act of disobedience resulted in the corruption of their blood, among other things, when they “changed gods”. When one sins, they are choosing a different god from the One that created them.
Note that Eve sinned first. Why is it reported otherwise? Adam was not only responsible for his house, but he was also the blood giver to the next generation (read that as us). Because the blood is given by the father, Adam’s children, including us, have corrupted blood. Corrupted blood has been passed down since the beginning of time through our father, Adam. Therefore, we are born “into sin”. Although we did nothing wrong, our father did. This is the reason God promised Adam and Eve in the protoevangelium (Genesis 3:15), that a Messiah would come to restore them.
Even in Genesis 3:15, there are biological problems. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seedand her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”. Notice it says, “her seed”? The seed is in the man, not the woman. This is what points to the virgin birth and the coming of God’s son, not hers. If Jesus was Joseph’s son, He would have had tainted blood. Was Jesus truly a man? The obvious answer is yes. Only a 100% man (Jesus) could take the place of a 100% man (us) on the cross. Anything other than that would be deception on God’s part. God does not lie. Note that Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of Man until He is resurrected. Others, including demons, call Him the Son of God; not Him.
Where does the second part of this article come into play? Are we truly created in God’s image? In Genesis 1:26-27, God creates man. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. While we see the recap in Genesis 5:1-2, it is the third verse here that sheds light onto the “image of God”. It is 130 years after God created Adam and Eve. They have a son named Seth. The Holy Spirit wants us to know in Genesis 5:3, that Seth was “created in the image and likeness of his father, Adam”.The account of Adam’s creation in Genesis 1:26-27, “in our image, after our likeness” and Genesis 5:1, “likeness of God” use the same words and tenses. The word image in English is from selem in Hebrew and the word likeness in English is dmut. The word refers to “a shade or a phantom”. I point this out because in order to grasp their uses, we must see how they are used in other verses. The following are the other uses in the Old Testament for the Hebrew selem: Genesis 9:6, Numbers 33:52, 1 Samuel 6:5, 6:11, 2 Kings 11:18, 2 Chronicles 23:17, Psalm 39:6, 73:20, Ezekiel 7:20, 16:17, 23:14, and Amos 5:26. All of these have a negative connotation. The point is to understand that while God used it of Adam as a direct correlation with Himself, it was used otherwise throughout the rest of the Old Testament.
Gerhard von Rad in his Genesis commentary stated, “Thus we are not dealing with a concrete, tangible image, but again, a more abstract likeness, Selem means predominantly an actual plastic work, a duplicate, sometimes and idol…; only on occasion does it mean a duplicate in the diminished sense of a semblance when compared with the original” 5. Karl Barth states, “Man is not created to be the image of God, but – as is said in vv. 26 and 27, but also Genesis 5:1 (and again in the command not to shed human blood, Genesis 9:6) – he is created in correspondence with the image of God”6. With these two quotes, one can easily connect the corruption of the flesh and the loss of the image of God while transferring it to the image of Adam in Genesis 5:3.
In his article, “What does God look like?”, Russell Moore uses the following terms to address his understanding of God’s Word concerning the Imago Dei; “I think”, “could it be that”, “maybe”, “maybe”, “maybe”. When God’s Word is rightly divided, truth inevitably will surface. In 2 Peter 1:20, the Holy Spirit makes it clear that it is not open for “private interpretation”. Each word, in their original languages, has a specific meaning. This allows us to gain God’s meaning, not our own. Mr. Moore states in his article, “Our bodies look like they do because God decided from eternity past to become incarnate in Jesus Christ. Simply stated, we are like God because we are like Jesus”. He also states, “Jesus is the prototype of the image of God”. Mr. Moore’s argument is summarized as follows: because God knew Adam would fall, He created Adam in the image that Jesus would look like when He came. Contrary to the findings of speculation by Mr. Moore, Matthew 17 tells a different story. Jesus transfigured Himself before Peter, James, and John. The word for transfigured in the Greek is metamorphoo. Biblical usage is to change into another form. The definition is to transform, change, transfigure. The obvious question is why would Jesus transform to show Peter, James, and John what He will look like in His resurrection if He was already in God’s image? While Mr. Moore also uses Romans 8:29 recklessly by stating this is proof, one needs only look at 2 Timothy 3:5 to see that simply having a form does not make it the same.
According to Isaiah 53:2, there was nothing special about the way He looked. God, on the other hand, was so special that “no man hath seen God at any time”7. The reality of the fall was the blood that flowed through Adam and Eve’s veins, was corrupted. And as with any flesh that has corrupted blood, it is under the bondage of decay8. While it is natural for us to think of ourselves higher than we are, the reality is we are created in Adam’s image. A fallen image that requires a savior. A Savior that has God’s blood and could take our place on the cross. God cannot look upon sin9. That is why the song says, “when He looks at me, He sees not what I used to be, but He sees Jesus”10.
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5 Gerhard von Rad, Genesis: A Commentary, translated by John H. Marks, The Old Testament Library (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1961), p. 56
6 Karl Barth, “The Doctrine of Creation”, Church Dogmatics, III/I ed. G. Bromiley and T. F. Torrance (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1958), 197
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