This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female (Genesis 5:1, 2).
There is a belief that every person reflects the image of God. Sometimes that likeness is obvious, other times it requires a microscope, but it’s there. Nothing could be further from the Word of God.
In the beginning, God indeed created humanity is His own likeness, fashioning mankind after His moral image. Adam and Eve were both innocent, having only experienced the goodness of God. But in the center of the Garden of Eden, God placed man and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:9). Eating from this tree didn’t merely give man a head-knowledge about good and evil, the word “knowledge” refers to an intimate and personal familiarity. With disobedience, mankind began to personally experience both good and evil and innocence disappeared … and the moral image and likeness of God also disappeared.
Consider Adam and Eve. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image … (Genesis 5:3). When the first pair gave birth to their children, these children were not in the “likeness of God” but in their own fallen, sinful likeness. The image of God had been replaced. So it has been ever since.
If you can see the “likeness of God” in fallen humanity, you don’t understand the image of God or the depravity of sin described in the Bible. But there is hope through the new birth and faith in Christ Jesus alone as Saviour!
And all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:28-29). God’s purpose (in part) in choosing His elect is to shape us to the image of Jesus. In the new birth, God redeems the fallen nature of mankind (John 8:44) and restores His image within us (John 8:42).
** Inspired by my friend Bernie Webb. Thanks! (Returning to the Incorruptible Image of God)