Description Of The Image Of God

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Description of the Image of God
Imago Dei which is Latin for the Image of God. In Genesis 1: 27 “So God created mankind in his own image...” In the beginning it was Gods intent for mankind to posses the image of God as a part of His creation. However, due to the fall of man into sin this image of God has been corrupted from its original state and intent from what God intended it to be. In Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.” Is an example that the image of God still existed even after the fall of mankind into sin. John Calvin believed this to be true in his theology according to John S. Hammet “Calvin saw the image not as totally erased but hideously distorted and deformed.” This concept is what Calvin described as Total Depravity, nevertheless, the image of God was not lost just distorted, and can be restored through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ if one chooses to believe in Him. The New Testament affirms that Jesus Christ was sacrificed to cover our sins so that we can be righteous in Him through His image. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:9-10 “—since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him.” In this short but powerful passage Paul tells us to restore the image of God within us which can now be accomplished because of what Jesus
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