God Made Man in His Image and Likeness: What Does It Really Mean?

I have come across many questions in the Internet asking whether God has a physical body since we are made in His image and likeness.  God, because He is God, can be everything He likes to be, that goes to say that he can have a physical body if he likes to.

But again the question resonates, are we made in the image and likeness of God?  What does image and likeness mean?  Does it mean the physical body? Or does it mean God’s attributes, qualities, or characteristics?


God’s Characteristics, Attributes, or Qualities

The following are some of God’s characteristics, attributes, or qualities as based from the scriptures:


We know that God has an Intellect and Wisdom.

With the verses below, God made us in his image and likeness that is with Intellect and Wisdom.


Romans 11:34-36; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

34 For, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Who has been his counselor?’[a]
35 Or, ‘Who has given him anything
and made him pay it back?’[b]
36 For from him and through him
and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever!

1 Corinthians 1:19-25; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

19 Indeed, the Tanakh says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”[a] 20 Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher, or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this world’s wisdom look pretty foolish? 21 For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would not come to know him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as his means of saving those who come to trust in it. 22 Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, 23 we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To Jews this is an obstacle, and to Greeks it is nonsense; 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! 25 For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanity’s wisdom.

We know that God has an Emotion.

Like God, man has emotion. Though God’s emotion is clothed in His holiness and glory.

Romans 1:18; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth…

Psalm 135:14; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

14 For Adonai will vindicate his people,
he will take pity on his servants.

John 3:16; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.

Psalm 11:5; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

5 Adonai tests the righteous;
but he hates the wicked and the lover of violence

Zephaniah 3:17; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

17 Adonai your God is right there with you,
as a mighty savior.
He will rejoice over you and be glad,
he will be silent in his love,
he will shout over you with joy.”

Exodus 34:14; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

14 because you are not to bow down to any other god; since Adonai — whose very name is Jealous — is a jealous God.

We know that God has Will.

God gave man his free will. This is something God really respects.

John 6:40; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

40 Yes, this is the will of my Father: that all who see the Son and trust in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise them up on the Last Day.”

We know that God is Love.

Most of all, the characteristic of God is Love.   Man too is capable of love.

1 John 4:8; Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

8 Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love.

We know that God has his full being live in his son, Jesus Christ.

As a christian, believing in Jesus Christ’s divinity,  it would not be hard for me to believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God.

We know through the scripture that God is invisible; yet we also know that he is visible through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Below are verses taken from the Bible proving that we are made in the image and likeness of God:

He (Jesus) is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).  He existed before all things, and he holds everything together(Colossians 1:17).  For it pleased God to have his full being live in his Son and through his Son to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven (Colossians 1:19-20)

Because you have known me (Jesus), you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him (John 14:7).  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9)…


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)