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And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

- Ephesians 4:24

And ye have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.

- Colossians 3:10

 


  • Signifies - Means; speaks of; refers to; indicates; represents

  • Traits - Characteristics; qualities; features

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    Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;

    Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

    - Hebrews 1:2-3

     

  • Resembling - Bearing some likeness

  • Express - Precise; exact
  • This image, reflection, resemblance, or likeness of God in man is centered in the following three qualities:

      1. Knowledge

      2. Righteousness

      3. Holiness

    Knowledge refers to man being created with a true knowledge of God, himself, others, and creation.

    Righteousness speaks of man being created upright; in a right relationship with God; not guilty of breaking God's law; in a condition of total innocence; and living in complete love to God and others.

    Holiness signifies man being created pure. In thoughts, words, and actions, he was entirely devoted to God and separated from evil. Man walked in total conformity to God's will.

    This image of God - true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, was reflected by man in Paradise. Before the fall, man beautifully resembled his Creator. Traits of God's loving knowledge, righteousness, and holiness could be seen in man. In Paradise, Adam walked with God as with a loving friend. With full devotion, he loved to serve his Creator, for his heart was one with God's. Without feeling fear or a need to hide, Adam enjoyed God's righteous and holy presence.

    What an honor, what a glory, what a crown was placed upon man in his creation! In distinction from the rest of creation, man was chosen to reflect the image of God, his Creator!

    This was a resembling image, not a perfect or express image. Man was not created to be divine. Adam was not God, nor did he possess the same infinite depth of knowledge, righteousness, and holiness as his infinite Creator. Only Jesus Christ was created in the express or perfect image of God. Only Jesus possessed infinite knowledge, righteousness and holiness. Adam's resembling image was perfect in type, but only Christ's was infinite in degree. The following example can help illustrate the difference between type and degree, and between resembling and express images.


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