The Image of God

A clarification on the text of A Commentary on Marriage in the Bible, volume 1...

1) Adam and the Image of God: On page 9 (the first page of text), I talk about how man was created in the image of God. At one point it sounds as if I am saying that men are more important than women or that women are not created in the image of God. That isn't what I meant at all. Men and women are both created in the image of God. What I meant was that only Adam was created directly in the image of God. All other normal humans were copies of Adam. Eve wasn't created from dust and God's breath, but from Adam. She was a copy of a copy, and so is every person born since then. We are a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy.... Each iteration becomes just that much further removed from that original image of God. The precedence of Adam being formed in God's image and Eve being formed in Adam's sets a tone for all marriages since then. Paul wrote about this when he said that "...he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man." We all bear the image of God, but Adam was the only mortal person created directly in God's image. The rest of us were created in that same image only indirectly.

2) Yeshua and the Image of God: On that same page, I say that Yeshua was also created in God's image. I do not mean that Yeshua is a created being. I mean that his created earthly form was not made after the pattern of an earthly father but of the Heavenly Father. In that sense, and only in that sense, is Yeshua a created being. He is God. He was the Word of God who spoke the universe into existence and who thundered the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai. But the body that was crucified was formed by the breath or Spirit of God. He wasn't implanted fully formed in Mary's womb, but began as a zygote that developed into a baby that grew into a man.

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