Genesis 1:26 Why does God use Image and Likeness in the same verse? Image is a Picture or Reflection and Likeness is Similarity.
Because (Image) emphasizes man’s close similarity to God, while (Likeness) stresses that this similarity is not exact.
God is Spirit and Man who is Human (Flesh & Blood) can embody some of the same attributes of God (Communication, Reason, Intellect, Will, Emotion, Felling).
In fact before man fell, in the moral sense, he was (Exactly Like, But Not) God because he was good and sinless. The Image of God is not a reference to God’s physical appearance, but it refers to His Person-hood or Self-conscious Being concept.
Man was created in a natural and moral likeness to God. When
man sinned, he lost the moral likeness, which was his sinless-
ness. But at the same time, he still retains the natural likeness
of intellect, emotions, and will Like God.
The moral likeness is presently being formed Reformed) in every believer who allows God’s Spirit to conform him to the (Image of God’s Son) by His Spirit.