Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
When God said, “Let US make mankind in OUR image, in OUR likeness”, His words declared for us a special, inherent, essential unity with God. We are being told that we have been created in the image of the triune God; the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We are fashioned by the hand and heart of God in His triune image that we might follow after God in the very way that He proceeds forth. Like God, we are three and we are one. We are spirit, soul and body.
In this life, our spirit has been born again, our soul is being transformed into the image of Christ, and our body will be resurrected and perfected in the next life. With our born-again spirit we are able to hear God’s voice. With our soul we are able to choose to surrender to His will. With our body we are able to do what He has called us to do.
In this way, we attain to the greatest commandment given to us by the Lord: Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37,38)