Representative: One that serves as a delegate or agent for another.
– American Heritage Dictionary
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…
Recently we posted an idea of what God’s purpose is. But what about mankind? Why did He make Adam in his image?
This scripture gives us wonderful insight into God’s purpose for mankind. Adam was created in the image and likeness of God. Vines tells us that image means; “image or copy” of something in the sense of a replica. According to Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, Likeness refers to the representational aspect of the image.
Adam was God’s image chosen to reveal or manifest Himself to creation. Through Adam, an invisible God made himself visible. But more than a visible image, Adam’s purpose was to be representational of God. As God’s likeness, he was to ACT as God’s representative thereby revealing the nature and characteristics of God by those actions.
Adam’s representational purpose was not manifest when God gave him dominion. It was manifest when Adam obeyed God’s command and named the animals. God’s image and likeness was revealed, not by Adam’s position, but by his obedient actions to the commands of God.
When we are born again, we are renewed after the image of the one who created us. Thus, we have the same purpose as Adam – manifestation and representation. We manifest our King, his kingdom and our purpose when we obey and do what we were sent to do. This results in demonstrating to the world that we are of a greater kingdom than the one of this world.
Every child of God has this purpose. It is up to each of us to seek Him to find our giftings that reveal to us our individual unique way of fulfilling this purpose.