And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. - Gen. 1:26-27 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: - Col. 1:15 Man is the only creature that the scriptures say was made in the "image of God." 1. Some creatures share biological physical life with man (breath, blood, body) 2. Some creatures share moral and rational likenesses with God (angels). Hence, the image of God cannot be physical, since he is "invisible" (Col. 1:15). It cannot refer to physical characteristics of life (blood, breath, body) as animals share this in common with man but are not made in the "image" of the "invisible God." It cannot be moral and rational ability as angels share moral and rational ability and they are not said to be created in the "image" of God although they are invisible. Genesis 1:26-27 provides some insights in the fact that man is created in the singular image of a plural "us." He is a Trinity and so is man (spirit...soul....body - 1 Thes. 5:23). Genesis 1:26-27 also states he is made to RULE over the earth and God is the Ruler over all. Animals are not made to rule and angels were made to serve ("messengers"). Genesis 2:7 teaches that unlike the rest of biological life on earth man is the only creature that receives its life directly by God imparting it into him: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. - Gen. 2:7 God does not have physical lungs to blow physical air. The literal hebrew text uses the plural "breath of lives." There is more than mere biological life that all animals share in common with man (body, blood, air). Man, like God has a spiritual life and a rational moral soul/self-conscious life that can exist inside as well as outside of a biological life form. God is a spirit with a conscious "soul" that can live without a biological body or in a biological body (The incarnation). Man has the added dimension that enables him to worship and fellowship with God "in spirit." Animals have no such dimension and capability. It is this combination of unique likenesses with God that constitute the "image of God." A moral/rational being that is multi-dimensional in nature (three-fold) that can consciously exist within or without a biological life form and worship in "spirit."