He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities —
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is the image of the invisible God.
God revealed Himself to us through Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man. Even His name implies both.
Jesus was a common Jewish name during the time He walked on earth. He was born to a human and walked among us as a human so he had to have a human name.
Christ means Messiah or Anointed. Those who use this name for Jesus in scripture wanted their readers to know that Jesus wasn’t just a great man, a wise teacher, a healer, a compassionate friend…He was the one that the Jewish nation had been waiting for — the Messiah.
God spoke through Isaiah to let His people know that he was going to come to earth through Immanuel – “God with us.”
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
And Matthew translated that for us as he showed us in his gospel how the prophecy and the fulfillment came together.
Matthew 1:22-23 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear A Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
John tells us that no one has seen God at any time. But we know from his writings and others that many saw “the image of the invisible God;” following him, loving him, disputing him, pursuing his destruction.
John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Aren’t you thankful that God planned, before the foundation of the world, while we were yet sinners, to send Jesus Christ as his image so that we could know Him and be right with Him?
Father, thank you for sending Jesus Christ, the image of you – the invisible but all-powerful , all-knowing God. How we praise you, Father, for this opportunity to study Christ because knowing Him better helps us to know you better. Help our teaching come out of a passion for knowing you.