Genesis 5 says something interesting that I had not noticed before. The chapter begins by telling us that Adam and his wife were created in the likeness of God. But then verse three says this:
And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
This is food for thought. Adam was created in the image of God Himself. Sin then entered the world, and Adam's children were begotten in Adam's likeness, which now included the fallen sin nature. Adam's likeness, or image, changed because of sin. So, are we still image-bearers of God today?
Consider the following scriptures:
He [Messiah] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation
(Other scriptures also confirm that the Messiah is the perfect image of God)
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
Colossians 3:10 says:
and [you] have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge, according to the image of Him who created him.
Romans 8:29 says:
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.
2 Corinthians 3:18 says:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Whoa. So it appears that until we are born again, we bear the image of fallen Adam. And once redemption happens, we are remade into His image and the lifelong process of transformation begins at that moment.
Remember, God is all about restoring that which was lost. It is the main focus and purpose of the entire Bible.
Here is the tally of the math from Adam to Noah:
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