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Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem 

…WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD,

THE FIRST BORN OF EVERY CREATURE

(Colossians 1:15)[1]

Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem. The angel said to Joseph, “You will call his name Jesus because He will save his people from their sins.” Jesus came to deliver us from sin, from the bondage of sin, and from Satan. His name reveals his Mission: Emmanuel, God with us.

Jesus took the form of a human, that is, he was incarnated. This truth is beyond human comprehension. It is out of the reach of human reason and rationale. The human mind cannot fathom the mystery of Christ's incarnation. How can God come into this world and live among His people?

WHO IS THE IMAGE OF INVISIBLE GOD,

Jesus is not only the true image, true picture, true representation of God but He is true God. We must remember that Jesus is perfect God and perfect man; He is perfect Deity and perfect humanity.

…Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:3).

Jesus is the visible representation and manifestation of our invisible God. Jesus is separate and at the same time equal to God. Christ has the essential, unique and perfect relationship with the Father.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:9).

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works  (John 14:10).

Jesus is the image (the icon) of invisible God.

INVISIBLE GOD:

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him (John 1:18).

Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? (John 4:12).

 

Jesus is the true image of God

If we see Jesus, we can see God, because Jesus showed God to man. God became Jesus. God became man.

Some say, if God can become man, vice versa man can become god, a little god, because God created man in His own image.  Man is made in the image of God… man is a little god… this is a very dangerous teaching: We are made in the image of God, we are like God and we are little gods. This is the teaching of the Faith Movement. They misquote John 10:34, to say, Jesus said, You are gods—also, Psalm 82:6, You are gods. They are wrong; there is only one true God.

Jesus answered them, ‘Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?’ (John 10:34).

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High (Psalm 82:6).

JESUS IS THE IMAGE OF INVISIBLE GOD. JESUS IS GOD:

God (THEOS)—In the Old Testament, the word ELOHIM is used to express “God” is translated as power and preeminence. The second word used for God is JEHOVAH, the unoriginated, immutable, eternal God, He who has self-sustaining existence;

Wise men worshiped Him.

He forgave the sins of sinners.

He paid the price of our sins.

He will judge the world.

He is alive.

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me(John 8:42).

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am (John 8:58).

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:20).

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8).

Jesus is the true God(1 John 5:20)

Jesus said,

 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last (Revelation 22:13).

So He is the image of our invisible God. He has all the attributes of God: Love, mercy, compassion, long suffering, and patience. He is Creator, Sustainer. He fed five thousand; He raised the dead, controlled the wind and the storm. Nature obeyed Him. Indeed He is the image of invisible God.

THE FIRST BORN OF ALL CREATION:

Some think that whatever had been created by God, Christ was created prior to them. This is blasphemy. Before all things were created, Christ was.

Some believe that God created Christ so they think Jesus Christ is a creature, a created being.

Some believe Jesus was the greatest creation of God. This is again contrary to the truth in the Word of God.

Some say Jesus was a god, or He was an angel. This is the belief of the Jehovah's Witness cult. In the first century there were Gnostics. Their belief denied the humanity of Christ. They believed that matter is evil. It was beyond their comprehension that God could take human form, thus that truth created a problem; they did not accept the doctrines of incarnation, atonement and resurrection. They also believed that Jesus had a different body, not human but imaginative or an illusion. The truth is that Jesus was a perfect human being.

The Gnostics believed that Christ was a “divine influence” which came from God. They believed that at the time of His baptism, "Christ" (the divine influence or power) came upon "Jesus." Then sometime before His crucifixion "Christ" left "Jesus.” According to this belief, "Jesus" died but "Christ" didn't die. Matter is evil, so God cannot appear in human form. We can see the influence of Gnosticism in the cults of Mormonism, Christian Science, mysticism, Jehovah's Witness and Unity. Gnostics teach that you can know God by head knowledge.

JESUS IS THE FIRST BORN OF ALL CREATION:

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7).

This is the literal meaning of the first born. Figuratively or metaphorically when we say, land of honey and milk, it doesn’t mean that there are rivers of honey and milk. What we mean is that it is a place of abundance.

 

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: (Exodus 4:22).

There is no idea of giving birth in this verse. God also said these words about David… I will make him my first born (Psalm 89:27). But we know that David was the youngest child in his family. These words mean that in God’s plan, Christ had a prominent place, superiority of position.

Jesus was not a created being, but whatever was created, He was before it. This indicated His power and preeminence. Jesus is unoriginated, immutable, eternal, and has self-sustained existence. He is indeed the image of God. He is God, the first born over all creation.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God(John 1:1-2).

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (1Peter 1:20).

…WHO IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRST BORN OF EVERY   CREATURE: JESUS IS THE MYSTERY OF GOD.



[1] All Scripture references are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, unless otherwise noted.

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