What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
Image of God means that in certain respects man is created in the divine likeness (C.F.H. Henry in the
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, second ed., Edited by Walter A. Elwell, Baker Academic: Grand Rapids, MI., 2001), 591. The Bible declares that man is made in God's image. Henry states, "The biblical discussion turns on the Hebrew words tselem and demut and the corresponding Greek term eikon and homoiosis. Scripture employs theses terms to affirm that humankind was fashioned in the image of God, and that Jesus Christ the divine Son is the essential image of the invisible God. The passages expressly affirming the divine image in humanity are Genesis 1:26, 27, 5:1,3, and 9:6, I Corinthians. 11;7, Col. 3:10, and James 3:9" (Henry 591, 592).
In his book, Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem puts it this way: "Out of all the creature God made, only one creature, man, is said to be made "in the image of God." What does that mean? We may use the following definition: The fact that man is in the image of God means that man is like God and represent God. When God says, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26), the meaning is that God plans to make a creature similar to himself. Both the Hebrew word for "Image" (tselem) and the Hebrew ...
This paper discusses the various ways that man was created in the image of God.