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He Is the Image of the Invisible God

October 4, 2016

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He Is the Image  of the Invisible God

Some Bible verses need  a little extra explanation  to help us understand  what they are really saying.     When we want a better understanding,  it is good  to use  the Bible study software  that is available  on the Internet.     There we can check into the meanings  of words  that were first written  in Hebrew  and Greek.

One verse we might want  to look into is Colossians 1:15.     Speaking about Jesus,  it reads,

He is the image  of the invisible God,  the firstborn  of all creation.

In the Greek,  the word “image”  means that Jesus  is the clear evidence  “of the invisible God”.     Everyone could plainly  see Jesus  and know  that He was God  through all the miracles  He did.     Then when the original Greek says  “the invisible God”,  it is saying more than the fact  that we can’t see God  with our physical eyes.     It is saying that God is unknowable.     We can never figure out  all that God is and does.    He is much too great  and almighty  for our imaginations.

But, because  God came to earth,  in Christ Jesus,  to live,  suffer,  and die  to pay for our sins  —  and then rise victorious,  Jesus has made the love  and power  of God known  in the hearts  of all who believe  in Him.     In that way Jesus is “the image  of the invisible God”.

Jesus is also called  “the firstborn  of all creation”.     That is definitely  not saying  Jesus was created.     Jesus is God.     But it is saying that Jesus  has existed  from all eternity  —  and that when He came to earth  as a man,  He ranked higher  than any earthly man  that has been created.     So Jesus is not less than God  —  Jesus is God.

Marveling  at God’s love  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  absolutely nothing  is impossible  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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