God created billions of living creatures but not one of these creatures was like Him.
So, God created man in His image and according to His likeness.
After God made all the plants and animals after their kind (Gen. 1:11-12, 25), He did not create mankind per se; He created man according to God’s kind.
And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion … (Gen. 1:26).
Then God waited nearly four thousand years before He Himself became a man.
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a human virgin (Matt. 1:20, 23), living a normal human life.
No one knew that He was God become a man, a God-man. He was so normal, in fact, those who knew him said,
Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? (Matt. 13:55)
Then one day the Lord Jesus, the God-man, said something remarkable:
“Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24).
A single seed when it is planted, sprouts and eventually produces many grains that are exactly the same.
It was as if the Lord Jesus was saying, “I am the grain of wheat. If I die, I will produce many grains the same as I am.”
These many grains are, each one, the reproduction of God in a man, or, a God-man.
The first grain—the first God-man—was the prototype.
The many grains—the many God-men, us, the sons of God—were produced by this one grain in the Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3).
Even though we are God’s reproduction, it seems that this reproduction is not so perfect.
Have you ever been jealous?
Taken something that wasn’t yours?
Gotten angry at a driver?
This is proof that we need to grow and mature into the full expression of Christ, just like a seed needs to grow, mature, and eventually blossom.
Since this is all our situation, we need to be transformed until we match the Lord in His life and nature.
Do you know what our God is doing today?
God is doing the work of transformation in each one of us with patience.
Transformation is simply the adding of Christ into our being.
But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18)
We are going through a long, process.
Not quickly, not all at once, but day by day from glory to glory until we are transformed into the same image. We will be like Him! (1 John 3:2). The whole creation is eagerly waiting for this day! (Rom. 8:19)
A perfect reproduction of God—in life and nature.
Matching Him in every way.