Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
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. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Sometimes the truth you seek is stretched across the whole of time and space. Sometimes it is there in plain sight but in parts, like pieces of a jigsaw. Then the Lord just points out that this bit of sky fits that bit, and another important part of the picture suddenly opens up to you.
So it was with these two verses.
God made us like Him, but we do not have His awesome powers “on tap” like Him. We work through the Holy Spirit. We can individually understand almost any one of the zillions of facts about the universe, and can piece together quite a lot, but we cannot understand everything all at once like God.
I found myself asking why. If we are like God, in His image, why can’t we do that – why are we not God if we are made like Him?
The answer lies in 1 Corinthians. An image seen through a dark glass lacks resolution. The part of us that projects into those four of the dimensions we typically are aware of is not all of us. Here in the earthly realm we are like projected images of God, not fully complete like the whole original. Like a movie or a hologram we lack solid interaction with things, in this case with spiritual things. We lack independent spiritual agency. So we have to request it from the Holy Spirit.
The concept of image is three times in Genesis 1:26-27, four if you count the word “likeness”. OK I know its a translation, it might not be the same in Hebrew, but I’ll trust my KJV to get that God says it enough times through inspired translation that He want us to get the concept of an image.
Paul was almost certainly one the few human beings that God “let in” to see (and report back to us) a huge portion of reality as it actually is – the extra dimensions et cetera – viz: Ephesians 3:18 – Deutero-Pauline arguments can be set aside (sufficient closeness to Paul would allow his disciple to report things such as extra dimensions that doubtless the astounded Paul would have reported to the disciple in detail). So if Paul alludes to our knowledge as compared to Gods omniscience being like a degraded image then you better take it seriously (and to follow Chuck Missler’s lead, literally enough). As an aside, a dark glass is often dark because it is polluted by smoke, and the darkness of sin that stains this world (and poetically the smoke from the fires from hell) may well have a lot to do with the degradation of the image. One to ponder there.
So we are made in the image of God, but in some ways we are like a low resolution image, for now. 1 Corinthians 13:12 promises that we shall see clearly, and shall know even as we are known. The God-like understanding of everything, and the spiritual agency, shall be ours when we meet our maker. This is awesome, ultimate power. For very good reasons God has reserved that to Himself until after we have proved worthy to join Him.
Thank you Jesus for showing me the wonders in your book.