The significance of these important words was recently discussed by the well-known professor, Dr. According to him it should read: Man is created "in", not "after" God's image, i. Man was merely set in the radiance of that image. Hence, remaining in its light, he would live in that image. But stepping out of it, he would fall and retain but his own nature, which before and after the fall is the same. Let us state here simply that we reject this opinion, in which we see a return to Rome's errors.
Moreover, it opposes the doctrine of the Incarnation, and of Sanctification as held by the Reformed Church. Hence we believe it to be safest, first to explain the confession of the fathers concerning this, and then to show that this representation is inconsistent with the Word.
Image of God
Accepting the account of Creation as the Holy Spirit's direct revelation, we acknowledge its absolute credibility in every part. They who do not so accept it, or who, like many Ethical theologians, deny the literal interpretation, can have no voice in the discussion. If in the exposition of the account we are in earnest, and do not trifle with words, we must be thoroughly convinced that God actually said: Then we have no security that they are divine; we know only that a pious man attributed these thoughts to God and laid them upon His lips while they were but his own account of man's creation: Hence the infallibility of Sacred Scripture is our starting-point.
We see in Gen. With this conviction, they have decisive authority; and bowing before it, we confess that man was created after God's likeness and after His image. This statement, in connection with the whole account, shows that the Holy Spirit sharply distinguishes man's creation and that of all other creatures.
They were all manifestations of God's glory, for He saw that they were good; an effect of His counsel, for they embodied a divine thought. But man's creation was special, more exalted, more glorious; for God said: This appears from the words image and likeness.
In all His other creative acts the Lord speaks, and it is done; He commanded, and it stood fast. There is a thought in His counsel, a will to execute it, and an omnipotent act to realize it, but no more; beings are created wholly outside and apart from Him. But man's creation is totally different. Of course, there is a divine thought proceeding from the eternal counsel, and by omnipotent power this thought is realized; but that new creature is connected with the image of God.
According to the universal significance of the word, a person's image is such a concentration of his essential features as to make it the very impress of his being.
Whether it be in pencil, painting, or by photography, a symbol, an idea, or statue, it is always the concentration of the essential features of man or thing. An idea is an image which concentrates those features upon the field of the mind; a statue in marble or bronze, etc. This fixed and definite significance of an image must not be lost sight of. The image maybe imperfect, yet as long as the object is recognized in it, even tho the memory must supply the possible lack, it remains an image.
And this leads to an important observation: The fact that we can recognize a person from a fragmentary picture proves the existence of a soul-picture of that person, i. The quality or state of being alike: Something closely resembling another: They're as like as two peas. He climbs like a cat; She is like her mother.
No-one does it like he does. He likened the earth to an apple. The likeness between them is amazing. That photo of Mary is a good likeness. He ignored her, and she ignored him likewise. Brown came, likewise Mrs. I don't believe it!. As likely as not, he won't remember to come. It isn't like him to be late.
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I don't feel like going out; I expect he feels like a cup of tea. He is likely to fail.
She looks very like her mother. It looks like rain. References in classic literature?