Gen.1:26 Then God said,’Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’
Here we have a verse that has been misunderstood for long. What does in our image mean? Obviously the triune God is the speaker and our likeness is not with regards to physical likeness. We know God is love and when we love God and man are we not revealing an aspect of God? In giving God an anthromorphic form we are avoiding the issue of revealing the creator God in particulars that make up his essence.
The word image that agrees with the triune God and man is not a physical form. Instead we may agree with God the Father in his Will. If we honor our earthly parents we similarly show our honor in submitting to the divine Will. In the example of God the Son we have a model. Whereas God the Spirit is something else. His Spirit is Holy and of which we have the words of Jesus: ‘He will not speak of his own, he will only speak what he hears, and tell.. what is to come. (Jn.16:13-15)’ He is a comforter, guide and teacher of truth. God is truth and light of which he teaches. ‘All the Father’s glory is mine. In short God the Spirit reveals both Father and Son aspects of the Godhead.
Some Talmudic scholars make God’s glory ‘shekinah’ as female principle. In Old Testament the shekinah is mentioned in the context of mercy seat with two cherubim facing one another. Presence of God was to validate the commands given from the mercy seat (Ex.25:17-22). In this verse man ‘in the image of God’ we need to see as his will, actions and in his thoughts that he could appropriately translate in his being.
When God the Spirit explains the vs.1 God created the heaven and earth the third day is significant: Waters separated from waters below highlights man as an earthly shadow of the triune God. Pro.27:19’As in water, face answereth to face.(KJV)’ What is natural for man to discern the thoughts of man we may also know the Will of heaven through Word and Spirit. Jesus the Word is made flesh and the Spirit that he promised and fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. He has accomplished his Will and it is our guaranty that He has made us sit in heavenly places.(Eph.3:1,10). According to his divine Will it is accomplished by the atoning ministry of his Son. Towards this we patiently wait for.