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Mention the outline for the image of God in the NT

  1. A look to James 3:9
  2. That Christ is the image of God
  3. The renewal of the image of God in man
  4. Old man/New man texts
  5. The imitatio Christi

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What is James 3:9 contribution to the image of God in the NT?

  1. Like Gen.9:6, this text argues against functionalist reductions of the imago

    • “having been made according to the image of God”

    • the issue on Gen 9 was murder, on James it was slander

  2. The image of God is still present in fallen man

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What is the NT foundation for Christ as the image of God?

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:4

    • "who is the image of God"

  2. Colossians 1:15

    • Christ is the visible manifestation of who God is (ontological emphasis)

4

What about 1 Corinthians 7? "A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but the woman is the glory of man."

  • This text partners up image and glory, glory is not a thing, therefore, it cannot be an ontological emphasis.

5

What about the incarnate Christ, Jesus of Nazareth?

  • The emphasis of the NT is on the presence of the divine in the incarnation. Thus, Jesus declares, ‘the Father is in me, and I am in the Father”

6

Conclusion: how is Christ the image of God?

  1. Christ is the ontological image of God:

  2. Christ is the functional image of God; he images God

    • because he reflects God's glory (2 Cor.4:6)

    • because all things were made through him (Col.1:15)

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How is the renewal of the image of God in man expands our knowledge of the image of God in the NT?

  • The image of God is a dynamic reality; needs to be restored
    • that they might be ‘conformed to the image of his Son’

  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 (1 John 3:2; Phil.3:21)

    • Image of God in human is Christlikeness, not rationality

    • the human was made in God's image for the sake of God's mission

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Old man/New man texts #1

  • Colossians 3:9-10

    • The Christian life is grounded in the saving work of God (divine passive)

    • Yet, the people of God are actively involved in the Christian life

    • Old/New?

      • Applying the Adam/Christ summary of the gospel.

      • Unregenerate/regenerate; A life lived in sins vs. a life lived in the power of the Spirit

    • Knowledge

      • not rationality per se, nor some special insight

      • It is the mind of Christ

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Old man/New man text #2

  • Ephesians 4:22-24

    • Corporate and individual

    • Righteousness and true holiness

      • Reformation era confessions typically conflated Eph.4:24 and Col.3:10, and thus spoke of the imago dei as our being conformed to Christ in true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.

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Old man/New man text #3

  • 1 Corinthians 15:49 (cf. 1 John 3:2; Phil.3:20-21)

    "Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man from heaven."
    • The old age has been defeated the new age has dawned.
    • His resurrection is the power of the age to come

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What is the imitatio Christi?

  1. The imitation of God in the OT (doing as God does)

    • God named Adam and in turn called him to name the animals.

    • God rules and directs his creation through the imitative activity of his image bearer

  2. Union with Christ. “As he is so also are we in the world” (Todd Billings)

    • Given a new identity in Christ, called to adoption in the household of God, we are called to live into that union and live it out in the world.

    • The imago dei becomes the imitatio Christi in the NT