Jesus is Invisible Image of Heavenly Father

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Jesus is Invisible Image of Heavenly Father

Post  warrior4christ on Thu 21 Aug 2008, 2:33 pm

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Col 1:15-20 )
Who is this Jesus? It's a question that has been asked by countless individuals for more than two millennia. And, to be sure, it is the most important question that can ever be asked--or answered. How would you reply?

You may say, "He's my Savior." But is He more? "Well, He's the Lord." But is He more?

Yes, He is far more indeed. Jesus did something for us that had never been done before: He enabled us to see the Father in a new way. In Colossians 1:15, Paul explains that Jesus is the "image of the invisible God."

No one has ever looked upon the face of the Almighty. In the Old Testament, some people found themselves in His presence, but they were never able to look fully upon His glory. For example, even Moses, who is described as God's friend (Ex. 33:11), could not look directly at Him. At best, he had the opportunity to look upon "God's back" as the Lord passed by. But Moses never saw His face.
And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. (Ex. 33:18-23)
However, Jesus came to bridge the gap between the Father's pure, holy glory and mankind's sinful nature. As God's "image," Jesus is the exact, flawless replica--the perfect reflection--of His Father. Therefore, Jesus could say, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).

How do we know what the heavenly Father is like? By knowing Jesus. He is the only full expression and explanation of God. Are you prepared to answer the question? Then ask the Father to reveal His Son to you in a fresh way today.

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