How Does Being Made In the Image of God Impact Our Marriage?

In the very first chapter of the Bible we are told that God very uniquely created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve in his image.

Genesis 1:26-28 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Man was made in the image of God. It is noteworthy that in Genesis 1:26, the “image” of God is represented by two Hebrew words, tselem and demut. The Hebrew word tselem means “resemblance, a representative figure, the essential nature.” The Hebrew word demut means “patterned after.” The use of both terms in this passage shows that God was placing extra emphasis on what it means for humankind to be made in His “image.” God made humankind in His own “image,” reflecting some of His own perfection and creativity, along with giving man dominion over all the creatures of the land, sea, and air. Being created in God’s “image” also means that we humans are free to think, feel, and be engaged in meaningful relationships. God created us to be in meaningful relationships with each other and with Him.

Take a moment and reflect on what it means to you and your marriage to be made in the “image” of God.         

In her book The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace illustrates how the relationship of the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) is the perfect model for what God wants for our marriage relationship. We will look at an excerpt from her book more closely in our final session. I want to paraphrase it for our purpose here:

The Trinity is a relationship in which three persons—each perfect and totally equal in being, power, and glory, but with separate roles—reveal, know, and love each other tenderly and perfectly for the others’ good. When they decide to set and accomplish a goal, they are totally unified in desire, thought, and action until the goal is completed. This is God’s desire and design for marriage: a husband and wife working together, as equals (with separate roles), fulfilling God’s plan for their life together.

How can you model this better in your marriage?