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.” Genesis 1:26-27
Usually, I become puzzled about the true intent of this Scripture. (When I use the term man, it is inclusive of woman throughout this whitepaper.) The puzzling part suggests that God may actually look like me. The Jewish Scriptures uses Elohim in this verse which is the plural form of God explaining that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit created man. The term “in our image, after our likeness” provides a different perspective when looking toward man as a creature instead of from man as an origin.
In other words, man definitely resembles a complex physiological appearance both externally and internally. This complex being causes scientists a lifetime just trying to grasp the intricacy of the human body alone. Yet, the complexity of man’s physiological design seems simplistic when man reflects on self. This unique physiological design allows man to look outside of his body while making him focus on the appearance of others instead of his appearance. This uniqueness manifests itself from certain attributes relevant to the Creator. Hint, man naturally thinks everything revolves around his self-interest and his self-ego, which symbolizes the image or likeness of Elohim. For example, the Creator (Elohim) really is “Center of Universe” of which the origin of creation evolves; likewise, man reflects a similar image when he acknowledges himself as the center of his personal world through feeding his self-interest and his self-ego.
When man stops feeding his self-interest and begins to focus on the true intent of being created, then man will fully replicate Elohim’s image. For such to occur, man must realize the WHY of being created. Why did the Creator create man after Elohim’s image and likeness? If you read that verse again, you will notice the word “dominion.” Elohim precisely provides man the ability to rule or have dominion, but man must rule within the confines of his Creator. If you watch the movie, X-men the Apocalypse, during the initial segment the narrator states, “if you give a man wings, he may fly into the sun. If you give a man the ability to see the future, he will be afraid to see. If you give a man supernatural gifts, he will want to rule mankind.” Accordingly, Elohim equips man with the propensity to rule specifically like “over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth.” Consequently, man’s total essence on Earth evolves around ruling but many times man, just like in this movie wants to rule wrongly. Man wants to replace his Creator as the Center of the Universe and have dominion over all of creation.
Since Elohim’s totality consists of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, their image becomes implanted in man in three distinctive ways — body, soul and spirit. Man has a physical body just like God the Son to perform the works of Elohim on Earth. The soul of man refers to the immaterial and material features of his being. The spirit characterizes the immaterial and intangible aspect of man. Likewise, the spirit of man binds the intimate relationship with God like in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Since, the word “soul” really means life replicating from center of man’s emotional experience like his thoughts, his desires, and his true intentions. Thus the fall of man in the garden of Eden reveals a natural evil signifying the need for redemption because sin tainted this soul. Hebrews 12:3, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit.” Since the body of man will decay, man’s soul will continue into the afterlife longing to reconnect with the Creator. So the spirit of man must strengthen this connectivity when man performs the WHY he was created – to have dominion on Earth according to Elohim’s purpose.
So I challenge you to exercise your dominion by fulfilling your unique WHY on being created in the image and likeness of your Creator.