Manly Passages for the Day: The Image of God


Many things can be said regarding Jesus’ supremacy.  As I’ve said before, Jesus is the perfect man–the Ideal Man.  Similarly, these three manly passages speak how Jesus is the Image of God.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. — Colossians 1:15 NIV
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. — 2Corinthians 4:4 NIV
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. — Hebrews 1:3 NIV
We see Jesus and we see God!  That is the mystery and power of Jesus.  That particular belief is part of the plan of salvation.  We call on the name of the Lord (Joel 2; Acts 2; Romans 10) through our great confession “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1Cor. 12:3; 1Timothy 6:12-13).  We are acknowledging the fact that Jesus is God in the flesh!  
Seeing God perfectly embodied in Jesus is important to seeing God and to seeing what it means to be a man.  God created us in His image (we should not try to create God in our image!).  So if we want to understand what it means to be man, we must understand God is the architect.  That sounds simple enough but many men skip this key point.  If we want to know what it means to be a man we need to go to the designer–God.  As stated before, we can get something from academics, from experience, but the greatest understanding comes through the Bible because is more directly from God.  Therefore, in essence, we go to God through the Bible. 
Having the blueprint in the Bible is incredible.  However, we need to see that Jesus is the very image of that blueprint.  Without this understanding we’re simply trying to peice words together.  It is like having direction to put something together but not having the picture.  The picture helps understand each step in putting something together or else we have to try to come up with our own picture.  The problem seems similar with putting an object together, like a book shelf, and putting together what it means to be a man.  How can we come up with something we’ve never seen before?  That is the importance of seeing Jesus.  He is the finished or complete man.  That is why it is manly to develop conviction from these passages.

About peterjheins

Married and have a daughter. They think I am pretty special and that's what matters.
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