Christ, the Image of God

Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

This passage, speaking about Jesus, undeniably declares Jesus to be God in human form. Although this is no surprise to most of us, there are some who deny the deity of Jesus. They do not believe that Jesus could be God. But this is what the Scriptures clearly teach.

Those of us who are Christians believe that Jesus is God in human form. I do not think you can define yourself as a Christian unless you do believe that Jesus was who He said He was. Jesus could not have paid the penalty for our sin without being sinless. And the Scriptures clearly teach that there is no one who is sinless.

This creates a paradox, unless Jesus is who He says He is. The mind blowing thing to me, is that He knew He came to earth to die for our sins. Even as a child, He was amazing the religious leaders in the Temple with His wisdom. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus questions and Jesus did not answer him, Pilate tried to warn Jesus that he had power to free, or to kill Jesus. Jesus responded that Pilate had no power over Him except that the Father granted it. Jesus also said He could call legions of angels down to rescue Him.

Each one of us is made in the image of God, meaning we are comprised of three parts, and eternal. Although, we had a beginning, whereas God always is! When Moses was speaking with God and Moses asked what he should tell the Israelites if they asked who sent him, God responded with, “I am that I am!” Once created, though, we will live forever, either with God if we follow and serve Christ, or away from God, tortured with the devil and his minions, if we reject God.

How can we apply this to our lives today? Spend some time worshiping God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Praise the Name of Jesus for His mercy. His gift. His sacrifice. Realize that we are sinners in need of redemption. Once we accept Jesus’ gift, we become co-heirs with Him. We are part of God’s family. We are part of the Body of Christ.

Live in such a way that people will notice that we are different. Demonstrate your love for others, so they will be attracted to Christ. Be a stream of Living Water for others.

by Virgil Stripes

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