The similarity between objects or persons. Humanity is created in the likeness of God. Jesus Christ possesses a likeness to both God and humanity, which is expressed and safeguarded by the doctrine of the incarnation.
Jesus Christ was in the likeness of God and humanity
Jesus Christ is like GodCol 1:15While stating that Jesus Christ is like God, Scripture also insists that this likeness is grounded in the fact that Jesus Christ is God. See also2Co 4:4; Php 2:6; Heb 1:3
Jesus Christ is like human beingsRo 8:3While stating that Jesus Christ is like humanity Scripture also insists that this likeness is grounded in the fact that Jesus Christ is human. Yet Christ did not share human sinfulness 2Co 5:21; Heb 4:15. See alsoPhp 2:6-7
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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