To examine what is the true meaning of God’s creation of man and woman in His image and likeness, we need to hear from God’s Word in Genesis 1:26-27 recorded by Moses;
“Then God said, “Let us make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.”
Then we need to hear from Apostle Paul how he interprets this in the New Testament.
In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul says;
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
Further Paul (most likely) wrote in Hebrews 10:5;
“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering You(God the Father) did not desire, but a body You(God the Holy Spirit) prepared for Me(Christ, God the Son).”
My interpretation of Hebrews 10:5 above is well supported by the Gospel Matthew 1:20-21 saying;
“An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’”
We also know that God is Spirit and is not a physical Being like human. That means God the Father and God the Spirit has no human likeness but He exists and lives forever.
Now then, who is the God when He said, “Let us make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness.” in Genesis 1:26? God the Father said. Who is “OUR image” when God said? Undeniably He is God the Son, who came to us as Son of man. Who is the Son of God then? He is Jesus Christ. Our Lord. In fact, Jesus Christ is both God’s image and Our image.
Philip wanted to see the Father and asked Jesus to show Him. What was Jesus’ response?
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? (John 14:9)
We human having material body has a limit to see the material objects if placed in a great distance. We will not be able to see the immaterial Being like God?
Jesus Christ is the “visible manifestation of the invisible God for us.” Regarding this, Apostle John said in 1 John 1:1-3;
“1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
Anyone who has seen, heard, looked at and touched Jesus has seen, heard, looked at and touched the Father, which the Lord says in John 14:9.
Therefore the true meaning of creation of man in God’s image and likeness is we are created in mother’s womb in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
I can’t think more on the topic other than this at this moment.
Bible says that the whole purpose of God’s salvation is to restore the lost image of God in us after the image of Christ Jesus who is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” (Colossians 1:15).
How can this image of God be restored fully in us?
Apostle John put this in 1 John 3:2;
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
We shall be like whom? Exactly like Jesus our Lord and Savior in the image and likeness. Amen.