Who Do You Resemble
Judges 8:18b: . . . each one resembled the children of a king.
Francis Ridley Havergal:
If the King is indeed near of kin to us, the royal likeness will be recognizable.
Adam and Eve were created in the image of God but God is a Spirit and they were flesh and blood. They did not resemble Him physically.
Genesis 1:26-27: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Adam Clarke*s Commentary:
What is here said refers to his soul. This was made in the image and likeness of God. The image and likeness must necessarily be intellectual; his mind, his soul, must have been formed after the nature and perfections of his God. The human mind is still endowed with most extraordinary capacities; it was more so when issuing out of the hands of its Creator. God was now producing a spirit, and a spirit, too, formed after the perfections of his own nature. God is the fountain whence this spirit issued, hence the stream must resemble the spring which produced it. God is holy, just, wise, good, and perfect; so must the soul be that sprang from him: there could be in it nothing impure, unjust, ignorant, evil, low, base, mean, or vile. It was created after the image of God; and that image, St. Paul tells us, consisted in righteousness, true holiness, and knowledge, Ephesians 4:24: *And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.* Man was created after God in righteousness and true holiness meaning by these two words, all perfection, as wisdom, truth, innocency, power, etc. Hence man was wise in his mind, holy in his heart, and righteous in his actions.
These are the characteristics that man lost at the fall: righteousness, true holiness, perfection, wisdom, truth, innocence and power. Ever since the fall and until Christ enters our hearts, the image of God in us has been lost. When Christ enters our hearts, He restores the image of God to our hearts. He restores the righteousness, true holiness, perfection, wisdom, truth, innocence and power.
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Ephesians 4:24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:9-10: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Adam and Eve lost the most important parts of the image of God at the fall and then they behaved much differently. The whole human race lost the image of God. Until we receive Jesus, we are not the children of God and do not have any familial resemblance. We only get it back when we receive Jesus. When we receive Jesus we are given the image of God in our hearts we should behave much differently. We should begin to have that familial resemblance.
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Hebrews 2:11: For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Ephesians 4:1-6: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.