It should seem quite obvious that whatever we believe about God will fashion what we think about being created in God’s image and likeness.
This is from the Westminster Larger Catechism:
Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection, all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
While we find Biblical support for every of these concepts about God they are very abstract and conjure up an image of a distant God.
As a counterweight to this sterile definition of God Paul rendered to the Colossians a most startling revelation: “For in him (Christ) the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.“ Through this Paul effectively has presented us with a personal God who dwells in every believer with His whole fullness. In other words nothing was left out when He moved in and took possession of His own highly beloved branch-vessels.
One of Jesus’ commissions was to present a more accurate picture of God while He walked this earth. He was the perfect image of God the Scriptures declare. He was hence the antidote to every abstract notion we carry in our minds about God. One thing we cannot say about Jesus is that He was distant. His life and mission bear witness about a God who through Christ brought Himself intimately close to life.
On this backdrop let us thus answer the question “What is God?” or better “Who is God?”
God is a person who loves to play, watch sports, read books, listen to music (He has a proclivity for metal), have parties and cookouts. He is very relational and loves to engage in conversations. He is very compassionate regarding His hobbies, notably carpentering. God loves humans to the degree that His desire is to dwell in them. He is not a great fan of religion, but prefers the freedom of the Spirit. Wherever there is a party you will find God. He celebrates victories. In His humbleness He bows down to wipe off tears from the cheeks of His beloved ones. He lives by faith and not sight. He prefers diversity to conformity. His great passion is to shower His beloved ones with gorgeous gifts. In addition to all this and more He is an incurable romantic.