Monthly Archives: October 2007

Musings on……Image of God ~ Part 2


It’s funny how I think I have a new subject to muse over, and yet, there is nothing new under the sun.

It’s all been debated before!

What does it mean to be made in the image of God?

Are we made perfect? Like God?

Are we a mirror image, opposite of God?

Ge 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Ge 1:27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Ge 5:3 – When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of {a son} in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.

Ge 9:6 – “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.

Ro 8:29 – For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined {to become} conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

1Co 11:7 – For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.

1Co 15:49 – Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

2Co 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

2Co 4:4 – in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Col 1:15 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Col 3:10 – and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

God, Image of,

In Genesis 1:26,27, the truth is declared that God created man in His own “image” (tselem), after His “likeness” (demuth). The two ideas denote the same thing–resemblance to God. The like conception of man, tacit or avowed, underlies all revelation. It is given in Genesis 9:6 as the ground of the prohibition of the shedding of man’s blood; is echoed in Psalms 8; is reiterated frequently in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 11:7; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Isaiah 3:9). The nature of this image of God in man is discussed in other articles–see especially ANTHROPOLOGY. It lies in the nature of the case that the “image” does not consist in bodily form; it can only reside in spiritual qualities, in man’s mental and moral attributes as a self-conscious, rational, personal agent, capable of self-determination and obedience to moral law. This gives man his position of lordship in creation, and invests his being with the sanctity of personality. The image of God, defaced, but not entirely lost through sin, is restored in yet more perfect form in the redemption of Christ. See the full discussion in the writer’s work, God’s Image in Man and Its Defacement; see also Dr. J. Laidlaw, The Bible Doctrine of Man.

James Orr. Taken from here


(1) Is there any distinction to be understood between “image” and “likeness”? Most of the Fathers, and some later theologians, attempt to distinguish between them.

(a) Some have referred “image” to man’s bodily form, and “likeness” to his spiritual nature (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus).

(b) Others, especially the Alexandrian Fathers, understood by the “image” the mental and moral endowments native to man, and by the “likeness” the Divine perfections which man can only gradually acquire by free development and moral conflict (Clement of Alexandria and Origen), or which is conferred on man as a gift of grace.

(c) This became the basis of the later Roman Catholic distinction between the natural gifts of rationality and freedom (= the image), and the supernatural endowments of grace which God bestowed on man after He had created him (the likeness = donum superadditum). The former remained after the Fall, though in an enfeebled state; the latter was lost through sin, but restored by Christ. The early Protestants rejected this distinction, maintaining that supernatural righteousness was part of the true nature and idea of man, i.e. was included in the “image,” and not merely externally superadded. Whatever truth these distinctions may or may not contain theologically, they cannot be exegetically inferred from Genesis 1:26, where (as is now generally admitted) no real difference is intended.

We have here simply a “duplication of synonyms” (Driver) for the sake of emphasis. The two terms are elsewhere used interchangeably.

(2) What, then, is to be understood by the Divine image? Various answers have been given.

(a) Some of the Fathers (influenced by Philo) supposed that the “image” here = the Logos (called “the image of the invisible God” in Colossians 1:15), on the pattern of whom man was created. But to read the Logos doctrine into the creation narrative is to ignore the historic order of doctrinal development.

(b) That it connotes physical resemblance to God (see (1), (a) above; so in the main Skinner, ICC, in the place cited.). It may be admitted that there is a secondary reference to the Divine dignity of the human body; but this does not touch the essence of the matter, inasmuch as God is not represented as having physical form.

(c) That it consists of dominion over the creatures (Socinian view; so also Gregory of Nyssa, Chrysostom, etc.). This would involve an unwarranted narrowing of the idea. It is true that such “dominion” is closely associated with the image in Genesis 1:26 (compare Psalms 8:6-8). But the “image of God” must denote primarily man’s relation to his Creator, rather than his relation to the creation. Man’s lordship over Nature is not identical with the image, but is an effect of it.

(d) It is best to take the term as referring to the whole dignity of man, in virtue of his fundamental affinity to God. It implies the possession by man of a free, self-conscious, rational and moral personality, like unto that of God–a nature capable of distinguishing right and wrong, of choosing the right and rejecting the wrong, and of ascending to the heights of spiritual attainment and communion with God. This involves a separation of man from the beast, and his supremacy as the culmination of the creative process.

(3) Does the term imply man’s original perfection, lost through sin? The old Protestant divines maintained that the first man, before the Fall, possessed original righteousness, not only in germ but in developed form, and that this Divine image was destroyed by the Fall. Exegetically considered, this is certainly not taught by the priestly writer, who makes no mention of the Fall, assumes that the image was transmitted from father to son (compare Genesis 5:1with 5:3), and naively speaks of post-diluvian men as created in the image of God (Genesis 9:6; compare 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9). Theologically considered, the idea of the perfect holiness of primitive man is based on an abstract conception of God’s work in creation, which precludes the idea of development, ignores the progressive method of the Divine government and the essential place of effort and growth in human character. It is more in harmony with modern conceptions

(a) to regard man as originally endowed with the power of right choice, rather than with a complete character given from the first; and

b) to think of the Divine image (though seriously defaced) as continuing even in the sinful state, as man’s inalienable capacity for goodness and his true destination. If the Divine image in man is a self-conscious, rational and ethical personality, it cannot be a merely accidental or transitory attribute, but is an essential constituent of his being.

Strong’s Number:  6754


Original Word Word Origin
  elc   from an unused root meaning to shade
  Tselem   tseh’-lem
  Noun Masculine   1923a
  1. image

    1. images (of tumours, mice, heathen gods)
    2. image, likeness (of resemblance)
    3. mere, empty, image, semblance (fig.)

Used in the Genesis 1:26 passage

And in the New Testament passages

Strong’s Number:  1504


Original Word Word Origin
eiÎkwñn from (1503)
Eikon i-kone’
Noun Feminine 2:381,203
  1. an image, figure, likeness

    1. an image of the things (the heavenly things)

      1. used of the moral likeness of renewed men to God
      2. the image of the Son of God, into which true Christians are transformed, is likeness not only to the heavenly body, but also to the most holy and blessed state of mind, which Christ possesses
    2. the image of one

      1. one in whom the likeness of any one is seen
      2. applied to man on account of his power of command
      3. to Christ on account of his divine nature and absolute moral excellence

Image from

/ˈɪmɪdʒ/ Pronunciation KeyShow Spelled Pronunciation[im-ij] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -aged, -ag·ing.


1. a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible.
2. an optical counterpart or appearance of an object, as is produced by reflection from a mirror, refraction by a lens, or the passage of luminous rays through a small aperture and their reception on a surface.
3. a mental representation; idea; conception.
4. Psychology. a mental representation of something previously perceived, in the absence of the original stimulus.
5. form; appearance; semblance: We are all created in God’s image.
6. counterpart; copy: That child is the image of his mother.
7. a symbol; emblem.
8. the general or public perception of a company, public figure, etc., esp. as achieved by careful calculation aimed at creating widespread goodwill.
9. a type; embodiment: Red-faced and angry, he was the image of frustration.
10. a description of something in speech or writing: Keats created some of the most beautiful images in the language.


12. an idol or representation of a deity: They knelt down before graven images.
14. Archaic. an illusion or apparition.


Ok, I’m done, any comments?

Kristina, the home engineer

Any additional info. from oh, say, the catechisms?

Musings on….Good ~VS~ Perfect Part 1


This 2 parter had been sitting in drafts for a while, so enjoy…..Ge 1:10God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

Ge 1:12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Ge 1:18and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:21God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:25God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Ge 1:31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

We see what God did here in the beginning, and we see that He says It was good.

What does the word ‘good’ mean?

Does it mean we were created perfect?

Does it mean God created something sinful?

Were we sinful from the start?

If we are made in the image of God, were we made perfect like God?

Or were we made perfect? And if we were made perfect, how did Adam sin?

Was it programmed into Adam to sin? Is that called free will?

If God created us to have sin in us. Is He still God? Is God the creator of sin, evil?

And what about the fallen angels? Did God created sinful angels?

The word good is 02896


  1. good, pleasant, agreeable
    1. pleasant, agreeable (to the senses)
    2. pleasant (to the higher nature)
    3. good, excellent (of its kind)
    4. good, rich, valuable in estimation
    5. good, appropriate, becoming
    6. better (comparative)
    7. glad, happy, prosperous (of man’s sensuous nature)
    8. good understanding (of man’s intellectual nature)
    9. good, kind, benign
    10. good, right (ethical) n m
  2. a good thing, benefit, welfare
    1. welfare, prosperity, happiness
    2. good things (collective)
    3. good, benefit
    4. moral good n f
  3. welfare, benefit, good things
    1. welfare, prosperity, happiness
    2. good things (collective)
    3. bounty


And comes from the root 2895


  1. to be good, be pleasing, be joyful, be beneficial, be pleasant, be favourable, be happy, be right
    1. (Qal)
      1. to be pleasant, be delightful
      2. to be glad, be joyful
      3. to be better
      4. to be well with, be good for
      5. to be pleasing
    2. (Hiphil) to do well, do good, act right, act rightly


It is in the book of Genesis 37 times.

Does good mean perfect?

There are 20 different translations of perfect just in hebrew. And none of them are 02896.

From here

1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God i saw that [it was] good.

(i) This sentence is often repeated, to signify that God made all his creatures to serve for his glory and for the profit of man: but because of sin they were cursed, yet the elect, by Christ are restored, and serve to their wealth.


1:26 And God said, s Let us make man in our t 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.

(s) God commanded the water and the earth to bring forth other creatures: but of man he says, “Let us make…” signifying that God takes counsel with his wisdom and virtue purposing to make an excellent work above all the rest of his creation.
(t) This image and likeness of God in man is expounded in (
Ephesians 4:24) where it is written that man was created after God in righteousness and true holiness meaning by these two words, all perfection, as wisdom, truth, innocency, power, etc.

Lets go to Ephesians 4:24:

4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which g after God is created h in righteousness and i true holiness.

(g) After the image of God.
(h) The effect and end of the new creation.
(i) Not fake nor counterfeit.

From Here:

Verses 26-28 Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts were; his body was made of the same earth with theirs; and while he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves like the beasts that perish! Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, must be put together in him. God said, “Let us make man.” Man, when he was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Into that great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul of man that especially bears God’s image. Man was made upright, ( Ecclesiastes 7:29 ) . His understanding saw Divine things clearly and truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God. His affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions. His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents in having the image of God upon them. But how is this image of God upon man defaced! May the Lord renew it upon our souls by his grace!

So looking at his it made me think of ‘the image of God’

and how much are we made in the image of the Great Creator?

Next up: Image of God


Proverbs of a Different Sort





Respect your parents and rest on Sundays, give to others what is yours.

Share your wealth and your food. Don’t take what is not yours, not even that pen from work.

Do not tell tall tales, exaggerate or lie. People are not impressed with your fibs.

Tell the person who is buying your car the real reason behind it.

Swearing makes you look bad, not cool. Do not make promises you can not keep, or promise upon the Lords name.

Pay the lawn guy what he earns and don’t overcharge the single woman for her groceries.

Open doors for the old and disabled, be patient with the someone who is limping.

Just because a person drives a crappy car don’t look down upon him, or think highly of a man in a designer suit.

Remove the blackberries from your yard and the plywood from the driveway, and speak kindly about the neighbor who does that.

Go help him remove those items. Instead of judging the one who seeks glory for the Lords work, talk to them about their motives, lovingly.

Get over the church split you suffered through, is not God in charge of all? Call them or send them a card.

Take care to do what is right, even with your animals, gardens and clothing. Waste not.

When you have committed adultery, even in your heart, run to your Lord and ask for forgiveness, you will be forgiven.

Don’t be greedy with your food, always keep a portion for the family of 8 that has no income.

Look to the Lord for all your needs; remember Jesus’ blood is life.

Do not wear that short shirt and tight pants; you do not look as good as the model that you saw it on.

Concentrate on your insides; people love a poorly-dressed joyful person more than an evil negative power dresser.

Teach your children to be modest and reverent, we shouldn’t be turning out more fallen child stars.

Do not mock the church; ill-guided as it is, it’s made up of the people Christ came to save.

The daily horoscope does not know your future, neither do the stars, but God does.

Love your grandparents, visit the retirement center, love on the elderly, they are so wise.

You were once like the unsaved miscreant you have to deal with at work every day, love him.

Follow these little guidelines, I am the Lord.

I paraphrased this from Leviticus 19, again working on the writing skills, trying to change words around and use diff. adverbs and adjectives

I still stink.

Blessings, Kristina

Soap Up; You are Not Allowed in my Tub!


 12 Germiest Places…….

Sure, there are outbreaks of microbes and viruses across the country, but some of these germs are lurking where you least expect them. “Health” magazine senior editor Frances Largeman-Roth pinpoints the 12 germiest places you’re likely to encounter during an average day and devises ways for you to keep clean. After all, the fight is in your hands. Literally. Eighty percent of infections are spread through hand contact. So wash up, people, and get ready to wage a bit of germ warfare of your own:

1. Your kitchen sink
Kitchen sinks are dirtier than most bathrooms. There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain alone. Plus your sponge, basin and faucet handles are crawling with bacteria as well.

Reduce the risk:Clean your kitchen counters and sink with an antibacterial product after preparing or cleansing food, especially raw fruits and vegetables, which carry lots of potential pathogens like salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli. Wash your hands as well with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds (long enough to sing “Happy Birthday”). Sanitize sponges by running them through the dishwasher’s drying cycle, which will kill 99.9 percent of bacteria on them. As for the sink, clean it twice a week with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach and one quart of water. Scrub the basin, the pour solution down the drain. Read the rest of this entry

Heart to Heart Books ~ FREE Book Giveaway


So, on the heel of yesterdays book review post, we are going to give away some books! {When I say we, I mean, I’m going to give them away and hubby is paying for postage!} 🙂



Please do a book review with me!

I ordered these books written by our very own Douglas Monk who shares a blog on WordPress.

See his blog here. Here is a good post on how to do a book review

He asked if I would read and review his books, seen above, and link to Xulon Press if you were interested in buying them.

There is a little synopsis of his books on that link.

Book Summary

The writer of Hebrews encouraged us to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Chapter 10:24 ESV) This book is a collection of letters (or musings) written to do just that. (Stir you up!) Whether you are an older Christian wanting to rekindle the fire, or a new believer looking for practical ways to live out your faith, Heart To Heart Volume #1 was written just for you.

Author Profile

 Douglas Monk and his wife Micaela live on an acreage in the Midwest. In addition to writing, Doug spends his time as a general contractor, home educator, and Cell Group leader. In his free time, Doug likes to read, work in their apple orchard and ride his Suzuki 800. Eventually he and Micaela would like to open a bed and breakfast.
Funny story behind these books, I ordered them and they never came, I kept checking the tracking number at the site and they were forever in Federal Way {a town up north from us about 20 miles or so]

I had been checking the status of these books for at least 3 weeks, then they somehow end up in Alaska!

I didn’t think I was ever getting them,  so the nice folks at Xulon Press, sent me 2 more books, brought by UPS.

{I’m sure that came right out of Doug’s’ profits, sorry!}

The books from the post office got here on Tuesday, the ones from the brown guys got here on Thursday of last week.

So I’m offering up one of these books for someone who likes to read and will review them on their blog and link to the publishing company for purchase. I have 2 books, so 2 winners!

Leave a comment, I will use the random number generator, if I receive more than 2 requests.

I will leave comments open for a week.


1. read the book

2. review the book on your blog {if you don’t have a blog, you can type me up a review and I will put it here}

3. link to Doug and Publishing Co.

4. Just let me know when you read it!

USA residents only, please. Thanks for participating!

Oh Yeah and I will post a review when I get done with my copy.

Stuart also received a book for his viewing pleasure, so I look forward to seeing your reviews!

1 Thess 5:12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.  16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.     19Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil.     23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.     25Brothers, pray for us. 26Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.     28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Dear Father,

You have called me to your kingdom and glory! Help me to live a life worthy of the calling I have received from you.

Help me live the same life style that King Jesus lived. Let me live with humility and submission, with patience.

Help me to forbear others out of love for them.

Help me to be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit.

Help me to be bound to my brothers and sisters in peace.

By Jesus’ authority and in his name I boldly come to you, asking all this. Amen.


In Loving Memory…..



A very wonderful lady passed away into the arms of her Lord and Savior this morning.

I will miss her dearly.

She was the matriarch of our little church family. Her and her husband, who died a few years ago from cancer, were kind, gentle, human, faithful and loyal. She was gramma to our dog Anna, having babysat her a few times when we vacationed.

They were like grandparents to me.

I find myself drawn toward older people. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have much of a ‘grandparent-al’ influence in my younger days.

All my grandparents are dead. My mothers grandpa was an abuser, so we were not allowed to be over there unsupervised. I remember a few things about them and their house.

I remember creamy peanut-butter and margarine sandwiches on soft malleable wonder bread.

I remember the box of colored pencils I colored with [I have that box in my side drawer at the computer table]

I remember the secretary desk gramma kept all of her stationary and bills. [I have that desk sitting in my living room]

I also remember the lock grandpa put on the fridge, he didn’t want gramma eating because she had put on weight.

I also remember the planter they had in the house, I always thought that was the coolest thing, I remember being sick one Christmas and laying on the couch by the big bay window, watching the snow coming down.

My dad’s mom was the meanest woman alive and didn’t care too much for me since I was not biologically my dads daughter.

I remember her being cranky on holidays, sitting in her chair waiting to be the last one to open presents.

I remember the huge garden my grandpa tended, at least 1/2 an acre. I remember grandpa ran over my dog and buried her in his garden.

Needless to say, my old people experiences growing up were much to be desired.

But in my church family, I love all the older people, they are so wise and kind.

Dick and Barb, in particular, were my favorite.

They drove a truck together, an interstate semi-truck, and from the stories Barb could drive the truck better than her hubby Dick.

About 5 years ago Barb taught a few of the younger ladies to knit. I was one of those younger ladies. Dick was just starting to get sick and he hung around the house while we were there. Never a mean word came out of their mouths.

They were both so genuine in their faith, so honest in their attempt to deal with Dicks cancer, never shy when talking about the ‘fairness’ of it all. They knew their God was big enough to handle their questions and they also needed to hear from others that their questions were ok and normal. They were.

They came to know the Lord later on in life, after they had grown up and adopted 2 boys.

When Dick was able to be at church, I always kissed his bald head and told him I loved him. He loved me, also.

When he was close to dying and chemo was taking a great toil on him, I would bring him something sweet to eat, he had a hard time keeping food down.

His wife was so strong, she had this unflappable ability to roll with whatever punches God threw her way. Amazing.

I really want to be like her someday. If I can be half the woman Barb was……

At 24 years of age, the doctors gave her 6 months to live with the diagnosis of uterine cancer. They took her uterus, leaving her unable to have children.  They adopted 2 boys, brothers, and loved them fiercely.

On and off thru the years, Barb would have a spot of cancer here and there, on her bladder, breast, she also lost one of her kidneys. The doctors would always get it.

I took her to many trips to the doc to get spots of cancer burned off her bladder.

At the age of 74 she was given the word she needed chemo for her cancer, she had spots on her liver, kidney, bladder and in the abdomen area. She also had a blocked vein in her leg.

The chemo was going to be hard because her one kidney could not process all the drugs well.

She knew God had blessed her with 50 more years than she had thought. She knew she was given the time to be a blessing to others. She knew that every day she had was a gift from God.

She seemed to go downhill quite fast and when hubby and I saw her a week ago Friday, she told me she wanted to go to sleep and not wake up, then in her next breath “whenever the Lord sees fit to take me…”

That was the last time she got out of bed. Yesterday, some of her church family gathered in her makeshift bedroom [hospital bed in living room] we prayed, we cried, we loved on her family.  We kissed her goodbye, we told her we loved her.

My son loved her also. He would invite her to his plays and sports games. She got to see him more than her own grandkids and loved him and in her own way is helping me raise him. He was a brave boy, telling her goodbye.

Yesterday I told Barb “I’m praying for you to get to go home soon”

She said “oh, you are?”

I said “You want to go, right?”

She nodded.

She said “when the good Lord is ready….”

The good Lord was ready and waiting for her with open arms at 6 am this morning.

  21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ matthew 25

26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12

20May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13