Some great thoughts from Stanley Grenz and John Franke on the relationship between being the image bearers of God and the church community.

“In short, the entire Biblical panorama may be read as presenting the purpose of God as that of bringing into being a people who reflect the divine character and thus are the imago dei. At the eschaton, God will complete what was the divine intention from the beginning and has from the beginning been set forth before us as our human destiny. On that escatological day we will reflect fully the divine image as God’s represenatives after the pattern of Christ.” (Beyond Foundationalism, p. 200)

Now, that’s some meaty stuff. What a beautiful way to see the church, as a community of poeple who reflect the divine character and as a result are the image of God. Man, if our community could only be a true reflection of the image of God!