“This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.”
The Bible teaches that man was originally created in the image of God. Since God is eternal, man was created to live forever. Since God is triune: Father, Son and Spirit, man was also created as a triune being: spirit, soul and body. Since God is holy, man was originally created without sin, placed in a perfect environment,
and enjoyed sweet communion with God. Tragically, we read man’s condition did not last long. Within a few verses of the narrative, we find the first man and woman giving into the tempter and sin entering the world. The effects of this sin were both immediate and far reaching. Immediately they were changed, knew their sin, and were separated from God. The far reaching aspect of their sin is seen, here, in Chapter 5.
“And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.”
Man, who was created in the image of God, begot children that were created in his fallen image. The story of the Bible is now the story of redemption. God will do whatever is necessary to restore fallen men to relationship with Himself. The final step in His plan included the cross, where salvation was made possible, and sending the Holy Spirit to draw us to God.
Although we all bear the traits of fallen men, we can all be restored to God through simple faith in Christ.