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Question of the Week: Where angels created in the image of God?

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Q: Were angels created in the image of God?

A: Mankind has a unique spiritual aspect, and this spirit is uniquely made in the image of God. We should expect this image to have certain aspects of God's characteristics since God is spirit (John 4:24). However, this does not mean that we have all of them, for we have but a taste of God's attributes. This image was first placed into Adam when God breathed life into him.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit) of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
The Hebrew word for breath here is nashamah and is often translated as "breath" or "spirit." Often Christians describe the image of God as superior intellectual ability, such as reason and abstract thought, worship of God, language and communication with God, ability to make decisions, creative expression, immortality, emotions such as love, sadness, anger, and so on. These attributes show how separate man is from beasts and other physical entities; however, angels, Satan, demons, and other heavenly host have many of these same attributes—so are they also created in the image of God?
One may quickly dismiss such an intriguing question without much thought by claiming that the Bible doesn't say angels were created with the "image of God." However, a quick dismissal may be unwise. After all, the Scriptures do not say they weren't created with the image of God either. The Bible doesn't give us extensive background about angels since its focus is on mankind, but we can examine what it does tell us about angels in attempting to answer this question.

Continue reading to learn what the Scriptures say about this fascinating topic in a new article from our series on Satan, the Fall, and a Look at Good and Evil.

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