Do You Look Like Jesus?

By   •   August 5, 2010

Even as simple human beings, we were made into God’s image. Genesis 1:27 reads, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Because God is essentially spirit, He created us with a spirit. In this way, our likeness to God sets us apart from any other created being. We also have the power to think and feel, and to make moral choices.

At the beginning of God’s creation, man loved God and hated anything that involved being apart from Him. However, sin altered the human spirit and gave us an unrighteous nature. We are doomed to death without some sort of intervention.

While we do not naturally have the same God-like spiritual attributes, He graciously sent Jesus so that He could atone for our sins on the cross and so that we could be conformed to His image as the perfect Son of God.

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. – 1 Corinthians 15:20-21

What ultimate evil did through man (Adam and Eve) at the beginning of the world, Ultimate Good atoned through another man (Jesus) through His death on the cross.

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Let’s skip down a few verses in the same chapter in 1 Corinthians:

And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. – 1 Corinthians 15:49

The term “image” in the reference above can be translated as representative from the original Greek language in which it was written. How can we conform to the image if Christ in such a way that we represent Him, and do it well? In the New Testament, Paul writes about the fruits of the spirit, which are Christlike attributes that can be seen in His true followers:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5: 22-23

  • Do you choose to love the unlovable, even when you don’t feel like it?
  • Do bad circumstances steal your joy?
  • Are you at peace in non-peaceful situations?
  • How good are you at working with another timetable besides your own?
  • Do you seek that which is good (as defined by God’s Word)?
  • Do you waiver in your faith when times are hard?
  • Are you gracious in your dealings with others?
  • Who or what controls you?

These are just some of the questions we must ask ourselves if we are going to put ourselves in the light of Christ to be examined. He and He alone can conform you to His image through the power of the Gospel. Besides redemption, perfection is God’s other main agenda. Let Him work in your life to make you more like Christ until the day He calls you home.

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  1. pastor Ejekwote Joseph Sunday says:

    I have been richly blessed. Thank you.

  2. Rafael Ramirez says:

    How to look like Jesus is a question that I recently started asking my self. I have been going through a test of my faith. Everything I thought I had was taken from me. In the beginning of my test, a man that did not know me said that my test would end when I started to look like Jesus. Months have gone by and all this time I have been looking at my circumstances instead of looking at Jesus. How can I look like my Lord if I’m not looking at Him? When you have a best friend that you spend a lot of time with, in time you start to act like him or her, it is like this with Jesus. This is a lesson that I’m now learning and a page like this one helps. Thank you.

  3. Alfred says:

    Indeed I have seen that you are not far from God,end I con,t stay without paying attention to your powerful massage, I therefore pray that you will keep it up.

  4. Kathy says:

    You need to ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins. You don't just have a 'vision' of Him.

  5. Rafael says:

    This article is amazing. My name is Rafael and I am from Brazil. I read this article and I'm happy with these words. I know that day by day, the Spirit of God will give to the Christians His fruits.I pray to God give us, His Church, power to win the evil and all hard circumstances. Bye.

  6. Crystle says:

    I loved it, very well said.

  7. Tony says:

    I think Joy Allmond's reflection is clear enough. It's a true and practical way to explain how we represent God our creator, and God our Redeemer.

  8. Crystal says:

    New creations in Christ, arise AND SHINE and give God the glory!

  9. Luke says:

    What a wonderful posting. Although I am trying, I can not say that I can answer any of the questions without a “Yes, but…” It is convicting and is helping to redirect my life toward a mor God-centric life.

  10. Ephrem says:

    First things first: man was made into God’s image not by “simply being human”, i.e., flesh and blood of the soil from the ground (Gen. 1:27; 2:7) but by his recreation in the “image of God”, i.e., “God's life-giving Spirit” as it has remained ever since (Ibid, 2: 7-9; John 3: 1-21 et al.)To conform to the image of Christ requires nothing less than personal vision of Christ's powerful, perfect and transfigurative death on the cross (Matt. 16: 13-28 et al.). This is the essence of Scriptures and works without fail. That is why all else is spurious!