Without question Jesus was the human image of our invisible God. He was never just a man, but in fact He was 100% God in a 100% man’s suit while He walked here on earth. Without the full understanding of how powerful this truth is one can never fully rest in what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
Colossians 1:15-17 “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
These verses deeply explain John 1:1-3, & 14. Surprisingly I have heard a pastor make a statement with very weak proof, that Jesus was not God having come in the flesh, but was only a man just like us, but without the sinful spirit from Adam. He attempted to align Jesus’ authority as a part of the Godhead by associating His baptism in the Holy Spirit as the beginning point of His deity. This pastor’s main point was that because Jesus lived a sinless life and did not have any power until He received the Holy Spirit; and since He is our first born brother that Christians could live sinless lives also if they are filled with the same Holy Spirit. This pastor tried to use verse 15 as his only real verse of proof that Jesus was not 100% fully God and 100% fully man. That church went into spiritual wreck at that point. This may be a long devotional, but I will use the word of God to settle a point that Jesus is 100% fully God and 100% fully man and it begins with Paul’s statement “He is the image”. If Christians can fully settle this truth deep in their heart it will change their lives and set them free from a walk of works, doubt, and legalism.
From the beginning of recorded biblical history man has wanted to see God in person. Our natural minds have difficulty enough imagining a being so great that He could be responsible for creating the earth much less the multiple universes that our scientists today are continuing to discover. Moses asked God if he could see His face when upon Mt. Zion and in Exodus 33:20 God told him that no man could see His face and live. Our human minds cannot understand the brightness and glory that will shine forth from such an awesome perfect being. John the revelator in Revelations 21:23 give us a mental glimpse of God’s glory and light, “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light”. The reference here is to the New Jerusalem, and new heaven and earth prepared for the saints to live in. God knows His glory is too much for fallen man to observe in the natural. We read on in Exodus Chapters 33 and 34 that God let Moses see His back and the glory of God was so bright that it illuminated the face of Moses so that the children of Israel could not look upon Moses’ face. None the less man has never stopped wanting to see the face of God most likely because they do not walk in faith. Even Philip, one of the twelve apostles, after having walked in the presence of Jesus and seeing the glorious works of God in person, asked to see God for proof of who Jesus was, (John 14:8-9). We do not know why God waited so long, from the fall of Adam until the birth of His Son Jesus, to regain the stolen relationship He had with man. To God it was not a long time, 2 Peter 3:8 tells us that to God a thousand years is just a day. It is important to understand that when God did make His move, so to speak, for our redemption that He gave our limited minds something to look at to help build our faith. In verse 15 Paul is not limiting Jesus to just a man, but actually indicating His status as preeminence or first born over all creation. The next two verses are proof that Jesus was not just a man, but actually add proof to His being 100% God and 100% man.
I want to bring up another important point here because of the sometimes miss conception of Jesus just being a man or just another one of the “great” prophets, when in fact according to several verses throughout the bible He is proven to be both 100% God and 100% man. To clarify, Jesus did not look like God, but was in the image and stature, of man. It was Jesus’ spirit and actions here on earth that we see God in Him. When we see God we will see His beauty, but Jesus was not even a handsome man according to Isaiah 53:2. We see God in Jesus. For starters verse 16 “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth” is a direct correlation to John 1:3 “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” In Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, lets Us make man in Our image”, is a solid indication that God was not alone, but who was with Him? Looking back into John 1:1 gives us the answer as to who the “Us” was, mentioned in Genesis 1:26, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In Genesis Chapter 1, eight verses start out with “Then God said,” and we read that without anything other than His spoken “word”, everything on earth, above earth, and including earth itself was created from nothing through His spoken “word”. The Word was with God is a very important statement and is established as being Jesus in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father”. We know from Matthew Chapter 1 that the Virgin Mary was the mother of Jesus “the man”, but in Luke 1:26-38 we read the details of the event and find out in verse 38 that this happened when Mary agreed with the spoken “word” of God. Can you see that although Jesus was born into this world, not created like Adam, as a baby man; He was in fact the Spirit of God inside of the baby? None of these verses indicate that God left heaven unattended and came down to earth and lived as a simple man until He was 33. This is man’s created doubt in the deity of Jesus because we cannot naturally grasp in our minds how He could be in two places at the same time. God is Omni present. This takes faith, but not as much as people think. Just look around you and see everything that is made and you can since the presence of God. He did not leave the other side of the world just to be in the presence with you. God is everywhere!
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the expressed image of God’s person, a physical image of the attributes of God which cannot be seen with natural eyes. True Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was for our sins and made it possible to come into the presence of God, but there is more. Besides living a sinless life, not being born with the spirit of fallen mankind, but rather the Spirit of God, His life here on earth is our physical proof that God exists and is in control of everything spiritual. God knew our doubting minds and gave us living walking proof that He exists. Jesus was not just a man, He is 100% fully God and 100% fully man! If you don’t grasp this concept, you will never fully understand what He actually did for us and will continue to “work” for acceptance from God instead of believe. The Devil will keep you worn out with trying to overcome one thing after another and living in doubt of your salvation. You can recognize whether you have come to this understanding fully by whether you have peace in your life. I am not saying that nothing will go wrong in your life, but your life does not control your thinking or actions your faith does. You will have complete trust in who you are as a Child of God, what God has done for you, and the power as a child of God you have over circumstances while here on earth. Because Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh and the Son Spirit lives in all believers, our spoken word has the same power as if spoken by God. Christians in general don’t understand this power or they wouldn’t say the things they say and would speak more of God’s will into their lives. Jesus is our hope and glory. Jesus is both God and the Firstborn Man of God. The greatest difficulty man has with understanding these truths, is man’s personal fear of letting go and trusting full in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and believing His promises are true for us.
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