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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 righteousness and true holiness.

- Ephesians 4:24

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

- Ephesians 4:13

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

- I John 3:2

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

- II Corinthians 3:18

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 1:3

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

- John 14:9

 

Man is to portray a spiritual and true image of God. When God created man in His own image, man reflected something of His Creator's knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. The ultimate goal, the heart's desire, of all true believers is to reflect this spiritual image of God more perfectly. In this endeavor, they strive to be more Christ-like, the One who was a perfect image, the express image, of God.


    A young Irish boy once made the following remarkable reply to his teacher who had told his students that they were forbidden to worship any image of God.

    "Please, Sir, there is one image we should worship."

    "Well, what is that?" the teacher asked in surprise.

    "Sir, we are told to worship Christ, who is the perfect image of God."

    Was this boy's answer correct? Why or why not?


We are to approach God only through His perfect image, Jesus Christ. All other man-made mediators or approaches insult the righteousness of God the Father, despise the salvation earned by God the Son, and resist the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

    Donald, a Protestant farmer who rented land from Alexander, second Duke of Gordon, having fallen behind in his payments, asked for mercy and patience from the duke's steward, for the duke was away traveling. The steward refused and seized his land. Upon return of the duke, Donald went to see him.


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