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Created in the image of God

Being "created in the image of God" summarizes all that Christians believe about humanity's significant resemblance and relationship to the Creator. Male and female, we are made in God's image, and can therefore enter into full fellowship with him and with one another.

God is free, personal spirit and this is mirrored in the gift of human personality. We are living beings with individuality, autonomy and reason. At the same time we long for deep spiritual communion with God (Psalm 42:1; John 4:24).

Our capacity for human relationships reflects the nature of the Trinity and the steadfast love of God. This capacity finds an important expression in the family, and in the Church, when loving and responsible relationships are based on the making and keeping of covenants.

God has also gifted us with the potential for creativity and the ability to appreciate beauty. The image of God is reflected in the working of conscience (Romans 2:14-15), and is expressed in the possibility of holiness of character through God's sanctifying work in our lives (Matthew 5:48; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

God's intention for all who are created in his image has been realized in Jesus Christ. In him we see the full human expression of God's holiness and love. He is the one true image of God, the one through whom we find our hope of fulfilling God's intention (2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3).

We were created to live in harmony with God and the rest of creation, and "in the beginning" did enjoy God; to stand in a unique position within creation and before God as his stewards, responsible to him. We were created to mold, develop and care for all that God has made on earth (Genesis 1:26-31).