Moreover, man or God’s image is (just like God) even triunely unique. For we are thrice told of his creation (Genesis l:26fg,27); and we are also told that God made him and created him and formed him (cf. Genesis l:26d). So too – not trichotomously (or in three different parts) but indeed triuni-chot-omously (or trinifoldly) – the whole individual man is also God’s image in his soul-body-spirit alias his total humanity. Genesis 2:7g & 2:7k and First Thessalonians 5:23. Again, the whole of mankind (Adam and Eve and all of their descendants) is the image of the Triune God (Genesis 1:26-28 & Acts 17:26 & Romans 5:l2f). Indeed, only when the last man has lived at the end of history, shall God’s image have been eschatologically and fully unfolded in the life of all mankind (Bavinck). Revelation 14:13 & 20:13 & 22:3-5; cf. too Genesis 1:26g with Genesis 2:3g
1:26g) Man is the image (or reflection) and the likeness (or resemblance) of the Triune God. So, even without God’s audible speech or a written scripture, God clearly reveals Himself in man (both within and through man). For man is a small-scale and a creaturely model of the infinite Creator God or the Divine Archetype Himself. This resemblance extends to the human race as a whole (Acts 17:26-28); to every individual human being (James 3:9); and to every aspect of each individual man (First
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Thessalonians 5:23). Yet God’s image is centrally concentrated in man’s prophetic truthfulness or knowledge (Genesis 2:19-20 & Colossians 3:10), in his priestly holiness or undivided wholesomeness (Genesis 2:15 & Ephesians 4:24), and in his kingly righteousness or lawabidingness (Ecclesiastes 7:29 & Romans 2:15). Why? Precisely so that he may be able to rule to God’s glory under the Triune Lord and over all of the created trinities in the ‘Tri-Universe’ (Genesis 1:26c), and as God’s image also himself “create” new trinities of his own (such as in logic the true, in aesthetics the beautiful, and in ethics the good, etc.). Cf. Genesis 1:26h-m; Philippians 4:8; Ecclesiastes 3:11; etc.
Moreover, because the three Persons of the Triune God are in loving Covenant with One Another (Genesis 1:la cf. John 17:5,24 & First Corinthians 2:10-11), so too does the Trinity enter into loving Covenant with man and really fellowship with him. Genesis l:28ab cf. Leviticus 26:9 & Hosea 6:7. Similarly, also men-under-God are to be in loving Covenant with one another (Genesis l:26c-e & 1:28c-e). Indeed, thus too are men lovingly to covenant and to enjoy fellowship with God (Genesis 2:1-3 & 4:3- 4,26).
1:26h) Rule or dominate the entire cosmos. See: Genesis l:26i-m,28e-g & 2:lb cf. Psalm 8:3-8 and Hebrews 2:5-8 & 4:9-11. The Hebrew word for “rule” ( radah) means to assert one’s authority over something by treading upon it, cf. Judges 5:13 & Isaiah 41:2. But man can extend his rule over the cosmos under God, only if he does so in accordance with the various divine laws operating in God’s ‘Tri-Universe’ ( cf. Genesis l:le,4d,6c,l0e,l4a,20a,20b etc.), and also conducts himself in accordance with those laws which govern his own life. Such include: the atmospheric laws (Genesis 1:6c), the laws of growth (Genesis 1:11f), the laws of consciousness (Genesis 1:24a), and especially the Moral Law (interacting with and embracing all of the preceding laws in its scope) as the precondition of his ability to subdue the Earth to God’s glory. Genesis l:28a-l & 2:9fg & 2:l7g & 3:6a,21d.
Only by keeping the Moral Law alias Ten Commandments, would man ever be able (and is he even now to some extent still able) to subdue the World at all. Exodus 20:1-17 cf. 21:1 to 23:12 & Leviticus 26:3-12 and Deuteronomy 19:1 to 28:13.