Have you ever heard the saying, “The nut don’t fall far from the tree?” What did/does it mean? Simply this, there is a such a strong resemblance of two people (usually parent & child) that no mistake can be made that the two are related.
I see this in myself and my son. As he grows older & matures (something I’m still working on) he bares so many of the characteristics of me. Listen to us talk, hard to tell apart. Watch his actions, mirror of me. His thoughts, mannerisms, likes & dislikes, & habits take after his dear old dad. Believe it or not, he even has my corny sense of humor (poor boy ). There is no mistake that Corey is my son. Even his looks also bare my image.
Image. Now that is a word. He is my son and shares so much about me and like me, but is he me? No, but he is my image. Not my twin or mirror image but a reflection. A younger version? Yes but again, not me. He also has bearings of his mom…sensitivity, compassion & gentleness. But yet, he is in my image.
That is what God made man in, His image (Genesis 1). Not God, but a reflection of Him. Jesus also was the image of God (Col. 3:10). 1 Corinthians 15:49 tells us that we have born the image of the man of dust and that we shall bear the image of the heavenly man.
The word image, as it is used here is from the Greek word Eikon. Particularly in Colossians 1:10, eikṓn means “image” a. as an artistic representation, b. as a mental image, and c. as a likeness or manifestation. The stress is on the equality of the eikṓn with the original. Christ is in the form of God and equal to God (cf. Phil. 2:6). [Theological Dictionary of the New Testament: Abridged in One Volume.] The idea was that when people saw Christ, they would be seeing the invisible God (John 14:9). Essentially, you see me, you see my Father.
Strongs Exhaustive Concordance defines eiko a likeness, i.e. (literal) statue, profile, or (figurative) representation, resemblance :- image. So Christ is the figurative likeness, resemblance of God.
But then, aren’t we also? We are made in His image, in the image of God we are made is what Scripture tells us. I wonder, when people look at us, who do they say we are in the image of? Is there enough evidence/resemblance of you and God that others see that resemblance in you? Have you more resemblance to the world or God?
I have had many people tell me “you’re just like your father” . Have heard others (mostly family) tell my son, “you’re just like your father!” Has anyone ever said that to you about your life…”Your just like your Father!” (Your heavenly Father)