There are so many aspects of Paul’s letters that give us a clear understanding of the gospel of grace and how we are to live out that gospel in our daily walk. But there are places in his writings where Paul wants to just lift up and reveal the glory of Christ’s person. We see this in Colossians 1:15-20. In the next few days, I would like us to allow these verses to warm our hearts toward Him.
“He is the image of the invisible God” (1:15). Through Jesus Christ we are able to see God. The Apostle John confirms this; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-2; 14). “The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us--” (1 John 1:2).
Jesus also proclaims that He is the perfect image and representation of God the Father; “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9). The writer of Hebrews concurs and says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3), meaning, Christ’s representation of God could not be more perfect than it was and is.
I leave you with one more verse to meditate on. “The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). These verses should ignite a passion for worship like never before. May the Church become more alive from gazing on HIS GLORY, and then go out to proclaim to the world that GLORY!
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