“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13–14)
All human beings are made in the image of God. Theologians strive to describe all that this truth entails adequately. Still, we can be confident of the following implications of being made in God’s image because they are revealed in his Word.
After he made the animals, the Lord created the first man and woman, setting them apart by making them in his image and giving them dominion over the animals.
“Then 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 birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:26)
Though marred by Adam’s sin, every human being, male and female, is made in God’s image from the moment of fertilization, regardless of one’s level of development, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, or age.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
All human life is precious because we are made in God’s image. This fact explains why it is wrong to curse others (James 3:8–9) and why God prescribed a severe penalty for murder.
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” (Genesis 9:6)
“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.” (James 3:8–9)
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