“Let us make man in our own image and likeness….” and this exactly was what God did. The moment He finished creation, the only thing left to create was man; so, He created man. The trinity decided to create man in His image. He created man and gave him dominion over everything He created. Man was the exact replica and a representation of the image of God, His standards, His government etc. That was why Adam had the same creative ability as God and was able to name the animals and his wife.
The Psalmist David confirmed it in Psalms 82:6; “I have said, ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most-high”. God created man to function also in the same capacity as Him.
However, Adam could not sustain the whole idea. But then, God knew he would do that and so he made provisions for that laxity and fall. The bible said that Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world.
Psalm 8: 4-6 “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:”
So, you see, man is the only creature God created that has the same abilities as God. This is God’s love made manifest in man. This was why when Adam fell at the garden, the bible said in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
God could not afford to lose man to the devil, therefore He made a way of escape through Jesus, but only if any man believes in Him.
1 john 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:”
Vs 16: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:”
John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
This is how much we meant to God that He was mindful of us. This is a manifestation of pure love. Therefore, we live in this reality.