24th February 2014

The Visible Image of the Invisible God! 

“Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things.”
Colossians 1:15 (Good News Bible)
 

I’ve often heard the question, “What is God like?” And it is a great question because we get many strange ideas about just what God is like. Is he like an old grey-haired man with a long beard? Is he perhaps like our concept of Father Christmas? Rosy cheeks and spectacles! 

Jesus had an answer for Phillip who one day asked to see the Father. Notice what he told him; “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Not understanding this, Phillip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered; “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:7-9 NIV). 

Amazingly, Jesus told his disciples to open their eyes and see just who he really is. What a bombshell! Notice that he tells them exactly when they will be able to see the Father in him…‘when you come to really know me’! In other words; ‘When you have attained a realisation of who I really am’ then you will see the Father in me. I think Jesus was saddened here because he had been with them for such a long time and yet, not only Phillip, but the others also didn’t really know him. 

“No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” (John 1:18 NRSV). How did Jesus make the character and reality of the Father known? By his words and works—back in John 14 Jesus went on here to tell Phillip and the others I guess; “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” (Verse 10 NRSV).

I think that Paul hit the nail squarely on the head in his Epistle to the Colossians—so let’s hold on to these amazing words about the supremacy of Jesus our Saviour and our friend! “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:15-17 NLT) 

So now do we begin to see just who Jesus really is and are we also beginning to see the Father clearly?

Prayer
Majestic Father, please open the eyes of our hearts so that we may truly perceive who Jesus, your beloved Son, really is and from that moment on see you in all your glory.
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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