“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:27)
We are all made in the image of God, everyone alive, everyone in heaven, everyone in hell is made in the image of the Most High. It constitutes no further discussion upon our visage and the Lords. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24) We have bodies, the Lord on High does not, yet that is not completely accurate. “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” (Heb. 10:5) “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:3)
There are two different analogies here, the Lord Jesus Christ has a body, not had, He is in, if you will, that body right now in heaven, and this is how we must contemplate our opening verse, “in his own image.” You are in your body, you may consider it a shell, a functioning, biological machine that is used to move about on this planet, but it is not you, you live inside of it.
This is the image of God that we must contemplate, the image of Him who created us is the image we bear of Him. “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” (1 Cor. 15:50) Yet this body will be with us throughout eternity. The main clue, if you will, as to this body being ours for eternity is 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
But the image of God that we were made in will still be inside of that new, glorified body.
Adam while he yet lived had some of the attributes of the Most High, just as we do, but not all, there are emotions and intellectual attributes of the Lord God that we will never know, yet at its foundation, we are made in His image. Adam and Eve did not know the difference between good and evil, yet they made a free will choice to disobey, hence if in fact that was completely accurate in our finite knowledge, the decision they made could not be called evil, yet it was treated as such by the Lord, they, and all after them were cursed not for being wicked, but for disobeying.
One must consider here Romans 3:20, though I do not feel worthy to discuss it at length, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” They were given one law, and they broke it.
The image of the Lord is in every living soul, not the Holy Spirit, He only abides in those who have been saved by grace through faith, but an image, an instinct as I have called it, that there is indeed a God, one true God who has made all of reality. This image, because of Adam’s fall, now understands fully the difference between good and evil, it is a conscience decision that must be made, it imposes nothing upon us but the knowledge of it, of the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
Mankind who has rejected that knowledge, at heart or on the surface, has set moral laws upon itself, and because they will not adhere to that image within themselves, allows and at times even attempts to force upon us the continuing shifting of those moral constructs. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) These days we live in are a testament to this truth.
One must fight diligently to quench that knowledge that is within each of us, the image that we were created in, to reach a point where that knowledge, that image of the Most High, is no longer the driving force behind our moral constructs, it must be subdued by the force of our own free will. Those who have attempted to do so fit two verses that come to mind here. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:22) and “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28)
Not one person that has ever been born can completely dismiss the image of God that we are made in, no one can completely and totally suppress that inner knowledge, it cannot be removed, it cannot be discarded or forgotten.
The image of God Himself is in you, it is in all those who are in heaven today, as well as those in hell. Free will, the gift of the path we will choose in this life, determines if we will acknowledge this as truth or not, but our disavowing of it or our acknowledgement of that image does not change or alter the truth of it.