Image and Form of God
Colossians 1:5; Hebrews 1:3.
He is the IMAGE of the INVISIBLE God, the firstborn over all creation.
[Christ] being the brightness of [the Father’s] glory and the express IMAGE of His Person…
The Bible says that Christ Jesus is the FORM of the FORMLESS God. The EXACT FORM of GOD’s PERSON.
“For it pleased the Father that in Him [Jesus] all fullness should dwell.” [Col.1:19.]
What fullness is the apostle Paul talking about here? We find the answer in Col.2:9: “For in Him [Jesus] dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
The fullness of invisible DEITY finds FORM in Jesus. In other words, Jesus is the visible IMAGE of the invisible Godhead. He is the Word incarnate [John 1], the expression of Deity. Eternal, Almighty God showed Himself to humanity in and through Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Scriptures speak of “For by Him all things were created…All things were created by Him and for Him” [Col.1:16]. It could not be any other way. God made the worlds through Jesus, God’s One and Only Unique Son, the FIRSTBORN over all creation. When God SPOKE JESUS WAS!
Jesus is the EXPRESSION [visible form] of the invisible Father’s mind, His Will, His Way, His Life, the Truth of His Reality, His Being. When we look at Jesus, we KNOW ETERNAL, ALMIGHTY GOD IS. Therefore, all things were made by the Word, through the Word, for Himself.
What do we see in Jesus? Omnipotence restrained. Omnipresence curtailed. Omniscience controlled. The Son of Man. The Creator of the universe in poverty! To make us rich! [2 Cor.8:9.] We truly behold and experience the Father [one of Jesus’ names is Eternal Father]. We see humility, gentleness, meekness, compassion, tenderness among many other graces. After all, He is Grace and Truth revealed. He says, “I am gentle and humble in heart” [Matt.11:29] and “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except THROUGH Me” [John 14:6].
We have to rise above our petty carnality and live the divine life – the Jesus life. “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that by these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” [2 Peter 1:3, 4].
We approach the Father looking for things – trinkets really – when He is offering us LIFE ETERNAL in the Jesus Life. That we should KNOW Him and Jesus Christ, the Son of His love [John 17:3]. The purpose of our calling is to “proclaim the praises of Him” who called us into His marvelous light and to worship, honour and glorify Him always by being conformed to the image of His beloved Son.
These are very humbling revelation which God has made in His book. The book points us to Him. Let us seek His face each moment and as we consciously abide in His Presence, in His glory, let us be transformed into His likeness as expressed in, by, and through the earthly life of Christ Jesus, His only begotten Son.