Let Us Make Man In Our Image: A Series on the Imago Dei, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a four-part series. To view Part 1, click here.

II. Male and Female as God’s Perfect Design

Man was created in the image of God and as has been stated, man was also created male and female.  In order for the image of the infinite God to be seen through finite creatures, man was created male and female and given varying roles to express the authority and submission as seen expressed in the Trinity.  The Trinity is perfect in every way.  When God created mankind, male and female, this was the perfect design to best reflect Himself.  Being made in the image of God and being made male and female have the greatest potential to bring glory to God.

It was mainly this image of God, namely man made male and female that was marred by the fall.  The image of God is still present in humans but it has been distorted because of sin.  In redemption through Jesus Christ, the created image of God in man will be regained and mankind will one day completely fulfill God’s purpose in creating them in His image and creating them male and female.

God is the Triune God.  He is three distinct Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under one divine Godhead.  Each person of the Godhead is equally God, none more important that the other.  Each Person; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, exist in the one nature of God.  They are of one divine substance and coexist together perfectly.  Yet, while each One is equally God and each as important as the other, there is authority and submission within their functioning roles.  One great theologian simply states it like this: The one divine Being subsists in three persons, Father, Son, and Spirit[1] Consequently, one aspect of mankind being made in God’s image means that male and female, distinct person come together in marriage to form a one-flesh unit.[2] 

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 ESV)

It is in this marriage covenant that God intended to fill the earth and subdue it.  As these little family units of “one-flesh mergers” began to spread out over the entire earth, the earth would have been one perfect Garden of Eden.

As part of God’s perfect design in making man in His image, and also in creating them male and female, finds its fulfillment in marriage.  It is vitally important that we understand that it is God’s perfect design for a man and a woman to come together as one in marriage.  It is in the one-flesh union that God’s design is carried out.  Filling the earth and having dominion over it springs forth from men and women entering into the marriage covenant. 

God knew Adam needed someone suitable for him and someone to help him perform all the tasks given by God.  Even though there were thousands of animals in varying sizes and shapes, none were suitable for Adam to be his lifelong companion and helper.  Because of this void in Adam, God created Eve, one suitable in every way to be his helper.  She was to complete Adam.  She was to be not only Adam’s helper but also, Adam’s wife.

Adam and Eve came together in the first marriage ceremony.  They became husband and wife, as it were, with God officiating.  This marriage was a covenant between Adam and Eve with God looking on as Witness.  This marriage would be the pattern for all marriages in the future.  We have the brief outline in Genesis…

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:24-25)

This union was perfect in every way.  Adam and Eve were in a perfect relationship with God and they were in a perfect relationship with each other.  God blessed them (Genesis 1:28a), gave them their task (1:28b; 2:15-16), gave them everything they could ever need (Genesis 1:29-30), and finally, God saw everything He had made and all of it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  In everything God was well pleased and His task of creating was finished.  We are amazed at all God did and the fact that the entire universe was good, according to the Bible’s description.  Everything was in perfect harmony and in perfect unity.  All He created glorified God the Creator.

Brian Evans is the preaching elder and overseer at Grace Community Church in Waverly, Ohio. Brian holds a holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Th.D. from Whitefield in Biblical Counseling.

[1] Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing House, 1975) Volume 1, 444

[2] George Scipione, The Sword and the Shovel (Kearney, Ne., Morris Publishing House, 2002)

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