Jesus is the Image of the Invisible God (Col. 1:15)


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. – Col 1:15

Today we are going to be looking at the first half of this verse and tomorrow we will do the second half.  This is the beginning of a longer passage in Colossians 1:15-20 that is often referred to as the Christ Hymn.  Paul writes this beautiful poem about the person of Christ.  He starts off this hymn by describing Christ has “the image of the invisible God”.  Before Christ, God was always this person that was unseen.  God existed in some other realm and most of the time was unseen by his followers.  I like how in one commentary I read described the importance of this phrase, “The point is that in Christ the invisible God became visible. He shared the same substance as God and made God’s character known in this earthly sphere of existence. The revelation of God in Christ is such that we can actually see him, even with all of our limitations.”  Praise God that he sent his Son to the earth to give us a deeper understanding of who he is.  We see the relationship between Christ and God that when we see one we see the other one.  Today let us thank God that he sent Christ to the earth so that we could grow in a deeper understanding of who God is.  Let us also ask the God continues to reveal himself to us through Scriptures so that we might be encouraged to live more confidently for his name.