The Image Corrupted

Genesis 5:1-3 (ESV)
1  This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.
2  Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.
3  When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.


“In his own likeness, after his image.” Almost the same words spoken by God in Genesis 1:26. We can see here that while we know God created man in his image, this same likeness did not follow to Seth. Adam was created in the moral image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, holiness (he was sinless). But after Adam’s sin, he lost his moral resemblance to God and had also become mortal. While we can be sure man still has some characteristics of the “image of God,” we can see here that we no longer have them in fullness. When Adam had his son Seth his image and likeness was very different from his original image. The Bible makes a clear distinction between the original likeness and the current image. “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God” and, “he father a son in his own likeness, after his image.” In this text it is plain that man is no longer born into the perfect image of God that Adam was originally created in, but instead man is born into the fallen nature. Adam was fallen and couldn’t beget children into a perfect image, this then implies that children are born like Adam, imperfect, mortal, sinful, and corrupt. For it is impossible that he, being impure and fallen could beget something from the divine image of God.

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