What does the Bible mean by man being made in "…Our image…"?
Quoting from the footnotes of the Spirit-Filled Life Bible, for which Pastor Hayford served as General Editor, under the passage in Genesis 1:26,:
The Hebrew word here for "image," is tselem, meaning "to shade; a phantom, hence a representative figure." Some more study notes from the Spirit-Filled Life Bible under this passage read:
image, He created a marriage, a family. The community of the family is a reflection of the community in the Godhead. Its identity, life, and power come from God. (Ephesians 3:14, 15)
1:26-28 Man’s Intrinsic Value, HUMAN WORTH. Man is distinct from the rest of creation. The Divine Triune Counsel determined that man was to have God’s image and likeness. Man is a spiritual being who is not only body, but also soul and spirit. He is a moral being whose intelligence, perception, and self-determination far exceed that of any other earthly being.
These properties or traits possessed by mankind and his prominence in the order of creation imply the intrinsic worth, not only of the family of mankind, but also of each human individual.
Capacity and ability constitute accountability and responsibility. We should never be pleased to dwell on a level of existence lower than that on which God has made it possible for us to dwell. We should strive to be the best we can be and to reach the highest levels we can reach. To do less is to be unfaithful stewards of the life entrusted to us. (see Psalm 8:4, 5; 139:13, 14).
having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
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