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When man fell into sin in Paradise, he lost the actual image of God (in its narrower sense) entirely. All people are now born as fallen sinners. We no longer reflect God's image of true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. Instead, we are born knowing and loving ourselves instead of God; guilty instead of righteous; and sinful instead of holy.

Since everyone is now born as a fallen sinner, can this lost image be restored in a person? From man's side - no. Each of us naturally desires to serve self, sin, world, and Satan. We are at enmity with the true God; we desire to be our own god. But, from God's side, the answer is - yes. Salvation is possible even for the chief of sinners. Through the Father's electing grace, the Son's meriting salvation, and the Holy Spirit's planting of new spiritual life in the sinner 5 heart, the lost image of God can be restored in man.

Is this your desire? We all need the Holy Spirit, not only to plant God's image in us by regeneration, but also to increase the reflecting of His image in our daily lives of sanctification. Then others will increasingly see a reflection of God's image in us. Are you a regenerated child of God? Are you increasingly reflecting the image of your Creator?

When Adam fell, the image-bearing characteristics (the image in its wider sense) were severely damaged - but not lost entirely. After the fall man's rationality, spirituality, immortality, conscience, and erect body posture are still retained, but not in their previously glorious state. We are still rational, but now are so often mistaken in our reasoning; we have a soul, but by nature, it now misses true communion with its Creator; we remain immortal, but eternity will be a state of eternal death for many; we have retained our conscience, but it so often misleads through improper training; we have kept our bodily characteristics, but our bodies now suffer from weaknesses, diseases, infirmities, aging, and death.

In our terrible fall in Paradise, we lost the restricted sense of the image of God entirely; but we yet retain, in a damaged state, its wider sense.

 

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

- Colossians 3:10

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

- Ephesians 4:24

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

- Romans 5:15

For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

- I Corinthians 15:21-22

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

- I Corinthians 15:4749

 

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