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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2011, p. 155. It is a common teaching that all human beings bear the image of God. Scripture, however, says that to bear God’s image is to be righteous and holy, and to know God as your friend. It ought to be clear that such can be said only of the regenerated believer, who in the new man is God’s child and bears His image. So how do people attempt to defend the position that all human beings bear God’s image? What method do they commonly use? The erroneous “broader-narrower” distinction One way...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2010, p. 136. Only God’s children bear His image. All others bear the image of their father, the devil. That this is so comes out more clearly when we consider what it means to bear God’s image. To bear God’s image is to know God personally and to be righteous and holy. Those who bear God’s image know Him and are like Him. They are righteous and holy, shining forth the glory of the God who created them in Christ. But how do we know that this is what it means to bear...

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With this article we begin a new section on the creation and fall of man. We have talked about God’s act of creating all things. Now we take a look at that special creature that God made in His own image to represent Him and to rule over His kingdom. In this section we will be considering especially what it meant that Adam was created in God’s image, and what happened to man when he fell into sin. There is much debate about this today. Many redefine what it means to bear God’s image. They do so in an effort...

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Previous article in this series: September 15, 2011, p. 487. Man by nature has an evil desire to blame God for his own wickedness. A married man, for example, who openly and unashamedly enjoys lusting after other women, might say to someone who objects, “I cannot deny the way the good Lord made me.” Over against such vile statements we must confess that man was not a fornicator when God created him. Rather, God created man good. Man was without sin at the beginning, yet it was possible for him to disobey God. At first he did not have an...

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