“When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness].” Genesis 5:1
Every human possesses spiritual aptitudes and capacities. We are more than the sum of our physical parts. Our spiritual nature, though unseen, is as real as our physical nature. Nurturing our spirit is as important as eating, drinking and exercising are to our physical body.
Humanity would also have a spiritual ability to understand His nature and learn to conform to it. Through the experiences of life and the process of building godly character, humankind can put on the image of God and be resurrected into His Family (I Corinthians 15:49-53).
Like God, our soul is a spirit, immaterial, invisible, active, intelligent, free, immortal, and, when first created, endowed with a high degree of divine knowledge, and with holiness and righteousness; in which particulars, according to Paul, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10, the image of God in us chiefly consists.
Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, are put together in Him. God said, Let us make man. Man, when made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Into that great name we’re baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul that especially bears God’s image.
We’re taught in John 4 that God is Spirit and does not live in a physical body. However, this does not prevent the physical body being some part of the image of God. We exist as body and soul together. It is meaningless to talk of us a just a soul or just a body when we are alive on earth. Both are intricately intertwined to make you the person we are.
We are not wrong when we regard ourselves as more than a speck of nature or a nameless constituent. For by our interior qualities we outstrip the sum of mere things. We plunge into the depths of reality when we enter into our own heart; God, who probes the heart, awaits us there; there we discern our proper destiny beneath the eyes of God. Thus, when we recognize in ourselves a spiritual and immortal soul, we are not being mocked by a fantasy born only of physical or social influence, but is rather laying hold of the proper truth of the matter.
“Likeness” in Hebrew is “demooth”. It means: shape, resemblance, similitude, similarity of features between spiritual and moral, or spiritual and physical.
We only, of all God’s creatures, has a spirit or God-consciousness, that is, a capacity for knowing God and holding spiritual communion with Him through prayer, praise, and worship. Since the Fall (Genesis 3), man has had inborn moral awareness of good and evil, or conscience, which he perceives in his spirit.
- Genesis 1:26 – The Image of God (Part 1) (redeeminggod.com)
- Difference Between Personality and the Holy Spirit