Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (Col. 1:15 KJV)
Christ Jesus is the image of the Invisible God. The word “image” here is not used in the same way as in Genesis 1:26 where the Lord tells us that man was created in the image of God. Jesus, as a Man, was already in the image of God, as all men are. However, the verse above is not referring to this general image of God that is in all humans.
The Book of Hebrews1:3 says “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” Christ is the express image or the exact imprint of God’s person. He is the exact visual manifestation of the totality of the invisible God to the human senses. John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh. God, who is invisible, became a Man so that all humanity can clearly see what God looks like. Adam was created in the image of God, as a mere visual representation. However, Christ is God Himself in the flesh. He is the express or exact image of the Father.
If you have ever wondered how God the Father looks like, just look at Jesus. Have you ever wanted to know how the Holy Spirit looks like? How does He speak? What does He think or feel in different situations? Look at the life of Jesus in the Gospels and you are reading and seeing who the Spirit is and how He functions! Our God has become manifest in the flesh for humanity to fully know and relate with!
Can you articulate the difference between Christ being the express image of God and man created in the image of God?
APPLY THE WORD
The next time you are reading the Gospels, know that you see the totality of God-Father, Word and Spirit in action entirely in the Person of Christ Jesus. If you ever get confused about His will, look at the life of Jesus.
Thank the Lord for visiting us as a Man, to bring us into His glory.
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