The image that appears on a desktop is called an ‘icon’. It represents a link to a file or an application. God is spirit (John 4:24) and therefore invisible. God only becomes visible when his nature becomes part of something physical just like when one clicks on a desktop icon and gets the application represented. In the Old Testament, for example, God spoke from a burning bush.
So what was God talking about when he wrote:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27
In the New Testament the Greek word for image is ‘eikon’. The definition of eikon is likeness or representation (link – eikon). Just like the burning bush was not God, neither is man. When God talks about making man in His own image (icon), it means that the spirit of God is the ‘file’ or ‘application’ in man that can be clicked on to communicate to man.
Man is born with two basic parts: body and soul. When man is reborn, he receives the spirit of God so he becomes body, soul and spirit. The spirit is the ‘hot link’ to God. Each of us as we operate the spirit of God in action then manifests the nature of the invisible God. Jesus Christ showed the way:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Our new nature which includes God’s spirit is an amazing part of our being. We have been provided a physical body to walk, sit, lift, talk, hear and many more things. We have been given a soul that uniquely makes each one of us who we are in personality, emotions and thoughts. The spirit, based on our free will choice, is God’s provision of His power. God knew there would be people who love, worship and recognize Him and in his forethought he provided very uniquely for us in this world.
Ro 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
This morning I asked my 18 month old granddaughter if she wanted some water. She said no, but I knew that she was going to be thirsty, so I left a nice cool drink of water on her play table within her reach in her favorite cup. It wasn’t a matter of minutes that she decided to pick up her cup. That’s the way it is with the foreknowledge of God. God has provided, it is our choice to receive what he has offered. I used to feel that God was too far away or too high for me to reach, but I have learned through the years he has placed what we need well within our reach.