He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Doubt. Cynicism. Uncertainty. Hesitancy. Suspicion. These are traits that present opposition while introducing people to the person of Christ. Questions upon questions that, having to be confronted with them, make me just want to stay quiet.
Who is God? What does He look like? How is Jesus the Son and God?
These can be overwhelming questions, and even the disciples had trouble wrapping their minds around who Jesus is.
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9
Here in Colossians Paul does an amazing job of answering them in one half of a verse:
He is the image of the invisible God.
I began this blog post back on March 15, 2010, and was going to include more verses; however, upon reflection, I thought this verse should stand alone. It’s so powerful that I’ve literally been speechless. Still, I have read many verses and encourage you to look them up and think about the questions below.
That being said, if you want to know who God is, then look upon Jesus. Everything about Him, His attributes and character, were made manifest to us during his 33 years on the earth.
Reading through the four Gospels gives us such a grand picture of the person of Jesus Christ. In addition, this verse also tells us that He is the firstborn of all creation. He is God.
He is the resurrection (John 11:25) and He is the firstborn. If there is a “first” born then, logic follows, there will be more to follow: that’s us. Christ in us, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
Questions for Further Thought:
- What is your impression of this passage?
- We were created in His image and are warned in Romans not to conform to the pattern of this world. How does this verse relate to this concept?
- How is it applicable to discipleship?
- How can our five senses be a hindrance to our faith? How are they a help?
- Verses to Look Up and Consider:
- John 14:8-10
- John 12:45
- John 20:24-27
- Philippians 2:6
- Hebrews 1:3
- 2 Corinthians 5:7
- 1 Timothy 1:17
- 1 Timothy 6:16
- Hebrews 11:27
- 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
- John 1:18
- Romans 1:20
- Romans 12:2
- Genesis 1:26