1.  God made man  with an external likeness similar to His.

Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God and were intended to rule  in the earth realm and that included ruling the devil.  Tselem (Strong’s H6754) is the Hebrew word used for image. This means that man was made to look externally like God. In other words, God made a form of flesh and blood with physical characteristics such as head, hands, feet etc. To further illustrate, tselem is also the word used for the image of idols/demons such as mice. In other words, people would make images that resembled the demons they worshipped.

God appeared to Job in a vision. Job said:

“…a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image (tselem/Strong’s H6754) was before mine eyes, [there was] silence, and I heard a voice, [saying]…”  (Job 4: 15-16)

I will later write that God is not a man, even though He has a form with hands, feet etc. He strongly objects when people make images and call them god as we learn from Romans 1: 23 which said that fools:

… changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image (eikon) made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.


The New Testament Greek word Eikon (G1504) is the corresponding for tselem. Since it carries the meaning of external likeness and glory, brilliant light of God, character of  God, we learn that Adam and Eve were created with shining light glowing on them, a reflection of the light of God in whom there is no darkness. The usage of eikon alsoshows that Adam and Eve were also created with the character or Spirit  of God which He put in them when He breathed into them:

For a man indeed ought not to cover [his] head, forasmuch as he is the image  (eikon) and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man (1 Cor 11: 7).

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image (eikon) of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom 8: 29)

God… hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;


2. God put His brightness or light in Adam and Eve

Dĕmuwth (Strong’s H1823) is the Hebrew word for likeness. Used 22 times in the Old Testament, it also referred to something like carvings that were made in the physical resemblance the thing it was designed to represent (2 Chron 4: 1-3). Likeness or Dĕmuwth was also used in reference to the indescribable brightness  of the glory of God.  Prophets Ezekiel and Daniel saw this brightness or glory  and tried to describe it:

All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell face down in the dust, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me (Eze 1: 28).
the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me…Then I beheld, and lo a likeness (Dĕmuwt) as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber (Eze 6: 1-2)
And, behold, [one] like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength (Dan 10: 16).
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image (eikon) from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor 3: 18).
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image (eikon) of God, should shine unto them (2 Cor 4: 4)
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image (eikon) of him that created him (Col 3: 10).
Satan wanted to put out the glorious light of God in Adam and Eve who shone like lights in the earth realm. Light is a symbol of life and Apostle John said that “in Him was life and the life was the light of men” (Jn 1: 4).  Maybe Satan suspected that God had given Adam and Eve authority to rule him, so he decided to kill them before they crushed him. Furthermore, he hated light and preferred blackness, so he decided to thwart God’s plan.  Jesus said that believers are the lights of the world.  However, that beast the  devil is a  thief, murderer and destroyer who will freely extinguish the light if you let him (Jn 10: 10).
In spite of the devil’s attempts, some people in scriptures shone with God’s glory or light. After spending eighty days in the Lord’s presence, Moses’ face shone so much that he had cover his face so that the Jews would not be blinded (Exodus 32).  Jesus’ face shone like the sun when He was transfigured on the Mountain (Mt 17: 1-3).  Apostle Paul said that believers can shine with the glory of God and are progressively transformed into more glorious brightness as we spend time with the Lord (2 Cor 3: 18).
3. Adam and Eve lost the glory of God when they sinned and their spirits, once designed to be sinless, were now black and warped by sin
When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost the light of the glory of God and their spirits became black. This blackness may manifest in the face and spirit as heaviness, sorrow, depression and all kinds of  evil. The load of sin became a weight in the once free, sinless spirits.  They allowed the devil to take their spirits captive by giving access to the kingdom of darkness and now needed deliverance from its power to imprison  them in bondage to sin.
Since they partook of the devil’s doctrine, Adam and Eve imprinted into their spirits the wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding, evil ways of the devil. By choosing the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they now had free access to it. Adam and  Eve went astray like sheep and all of the human race followed in the same pattern. Their son Cain and their future descendents turned to their own ways, bringing multiplied sorrow and grief to God.
I wish that I had the words to write all that could be said, but pray that this post will serve to enlighten  our understanding of the reasons why we need to be born again. Being born again is to experience transformation and renewal of the spirit back to the image and likeness of our God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read more at   https://pppministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/god-is-the-father-of-spirits/
Blessings at Christmas and remember to worship the Christ who came to crush the head of the devil. Hallelujah.