And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. (Genesis 5:3)
In the previous verses the Bible tells us that in the day God created mankind, He created man in His likeness. In this verse we are told that Seth was made in the image and likeness of Adam — not God. What happened that would explain this difference? I would argue that it speaks to the fact that, at this point, man had sinned and been sentenced to exile and death. From that point on, men and women would be “shaped in iniquity (Psalm 51) and would be referred to, by God, as “son of man (ben adam).
That would explain why it was necessary that we must be born again. As sons of Adam, we were born of a corruptible seed and needed to be born again of the incorruptible seed if we were to be sons of God (1 Peter 1:23). As Paul wrote:
“The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).
In other words, those who have been born again of the pure seed are being conformed to the image of the Son of God (Romans 8:29) and have been the right, the power and the ability to become the sons of God (John 1:12).
One day this transformation will be complete and final; that day when we see Him face to face.
Blessings and Shalom,