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Created in the Image of God

Mankind was created in the image of God…

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 1:26)

There has probably always been discussions about “how” we are in God’s image. In this post i would like to focus in on authority and rule…

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen 1:28)

Directly after our creation we are told to “subdue” the earth and that we have “dominion” over every animal.
This word “subdue” is from the Hebrew “kabash,” which means to bring into bondage.
This word “dominion” is from the Hebrew “radah,” which means to rule or dominate.

Ever since the fall we have had a turning upside down of this premise…

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Gen 3:17-19)

Creation itself now works against us. The Good News is that Christ came and redeemed us, He has started the new creation. Christ came to turn this sin-fallen world upside down, back to the original intent. And we as His Church are commissioned to the same…

…These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; (Act 17:6)

What are the implications of this aspect of the regeneration?
Are we subduing and dominating our environment?
Are we shaping and molding our environment or are we allowing our environment to shape and mold us?


About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.


One thought on “Created in the Image of God

  1. The mandate given to Adam has never been repealed. Through our falleness it has become more difficult. Rather than the ground giving forth fruit, we must work the earth and till the ground for our return. We need to think redemptively about every aspect of life. We need to redeem the culture. We need to redeem technology and the gifts and abilities God has given us in order to use them for their rightful ends.

    Mankind has abused his calling. We have usurped our authoirty in taking dominion. The dominion we have taken has been in our name, not Christ’s. We must view ourselves once again as ambassadors and vice-regenants of a greater Lord and King. Jesus Christ will reign until all enemies are put under His feet. And we’re either for Him or against Him.

    Posted by David McCrory | December 22, 2006, 6:56 pm

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