“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:15-16 NIV
We begin a passage of Scripture with these two verses that will take more than one lifetime to unfold into the depth of its reality! Colossians 1:15-20 is all about our Lord Jesus Christ and who He is. Based on these few verses, our lives can change and become much more than we have ever dreamed or thought about. He is glorious in every way. So let’s look at this first part.
He is the “image of the invisible God.” We find the word “image” in our English Bibles first used in reference to the creation of the first of the human race in Genesis 1:26. The word is used much in Paul’s writings, but for now, we just need to note that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. The God of all Gods, our Father, is a Spirit and we are told to worship Him in spirit and in truth. However, in the fullness of time, as the Bible says, Jesus was born of human flesh – like us in every way (Hebrews 2:17; 4:15) – yet without sin. He was made in human form and accomplished all the Father intended. The invisible God is now visible! His Son has manifested Him completely and continues to reign as Lord of All.
In like manner, He is still seen today in the lives of those who love Him and have dedicated their lives to Him. One of our primary jobs as believers is to “be as He is in this world” (1 John 4:17) That is not to make us feel guilty for not being all we should be, but to enfold us into His very being so we will be encouraged to “be.” He has done all the hard work and now releases us to display the Father to all, loving as He loved and doing what He did – except greater. I think that was the word Jesus used.
So be encouraged, my fellow believer in this world-wide job. He has forgiven us and taken all the guilt – now we are released to reconcile others to His heart. What a beautiful and excellent opportunity! He is the image and Scripture reveals that we are being formed in that same image. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
See what I mean by “taking a lifetime?”
(Thought you might enjoy a photo I took this morning in my side yard. It was yellow just a couple of days ago and now a beautiful red). I so enjoy the Fall season and my camera!