While the explicit notion of man in God’s image disappears, related concepts resurface. Or feeling creatures. Jesus was nothing less than God in the flesh. Daniel 8:13-14), but also likeness to God and priority to all created being. But what does this mean? Yet, in doing so, we do not reduce imaging God to anything less than how we, in Christ, live to God in the world for others to see and hear. Bad news first: sin has tainted all our imaging. We are no stranger to images, though we are so awash in them we might be numb to their significance. In Jesus all things in heaven and on earth were created, things both visible and invisible. Then the best news in all the world: God himself in Christ came as the image, and is now the dividing line of human destiny. The Greek word eikōn has a broad range of applications. And Jesus, as the image of God, did not just live perfectly to his Father’s glory, but also uniquely gave his own untainted life, to glorify his Father (John 12:27–28), so that we tainted and marred imagers might be snatched from the justice we deserve and restored to our original calling and what it anticipated. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). John 1:18. Image of the invisible God in the Greek text of Colossians 1:15, Strong’s Concordance numbers: 1504, 2316, 517, [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Images glorify. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. “… put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Here St. Paul indicates this idea in the words "firstborn before all creation," and works it out in the verses following. Our Colossian text says that Jesus is the "image of the invisible God". (Colossians 1:15) If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Being "the first-born of all creation" means that Jesus is above all creation, not that He was created first, just as His being "first-born from the dead" does not mean He was raised first chronologically. Begin with Jesus. We are in the world, but we are not of the world. This was enough to certify their destruction “had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before [God], to turn away his wrath from destroying them” (Psalm 106:23). And we remind ourselves of our calling to real, tangible, sacrificial acts of love and good works that bring glory to our Father. We’re on a mission to change that. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. (2 Corinthians 4:4). 1:17). Hebrews 11:27. Everything God is, Jesus is. 1:17). The third and final mention of man being made in God’s image, then, is Genesis 9:6, after the parking of the ark and recommissioning of Noah. Jesus anticipates our task as restored divine-imagers, when he says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The culture of the workplace can work against our life in Christ, but Jesus calls us to set our hearts and our minds on what God desires for us and in us. This is what images do. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1–3). put on the new self,” we are “being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” (Colossians 3:9–10). Of course, embedded in this name of Jesus is another possible candidate for a name of God, “invisible God.” The same Greek word is part of the descriptive phrase or name that ascribes honor and glory to the “King eternal, immortal, invisible” (1 Tim. First, Jesus, the Son of God incarnate, as man, is the image of God. Available in Paperback & eBook. On the night before His death, Jesus responded to Philip's request to "show us the Father" by saying, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you still have not come to know Me, Philip? The Scriptures are quite plain that David had older brothers. This was in reply to Philip who asked to see God. The Christmas We Didn’t Expect: Daily Devotions for Advent. On the other hand, in Hebrews 10:1 it signifies something that is real and not a shadow (skia). If Philemon is willing to set aside his slave-owner authority over Onesimus (who does not deserve his mercy) and take him back in a new relationship, then in this way Philemon images the invisible God in his workplace. Which means that God created the first man and woman in Genesis 1 and 2 in view of what he himself would be as a creature (“in his image”), when he would enter in as man in the person of his Son. The word "image" (eikon) means "likeness; form or appearance". Backstage before our annual banquet in my first job out of college, I knocked over a bottle, spilling wine on the white dress of our celebrity guest speaker, a host of one of the morning programs on network television. Unless otherwise noted, the Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. It only takes a limited study of the Bible to find out that God is invisible. Man has not seen God in His heavenly form and glory, but we have seen His image in Jesus, not in the physical body of Jesus but rather in His actions and teachings.