Spiritual Digest — May 24, 2022 at 9:23 am

Is Jesus Christ Only an Image of God?

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The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Col. 1:15, 16).

Doxa SubscriptionVerse 15 causes us to ask two fundamental questions: 1. Is Jesus Christ only an image of God, or what does this image mean? 2. Was Jesus Christ born at a point before creation, indicating then that He has not always existed? An image is not the real thing, and it does not have the life of what it represents. Genesis 1:2 tells us that God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. Colossians 1:16 and John 1:3 confirm that Jesus is the Creator. Since there is only one Creator, then Jesus and God, though two, must be one and of the same essence. Image in this context will then refer to the very God who appeared to us in human form. Jesus Christ was not created. The reference to Him being firstborn over all creation means that He was in existence before creation. Jesus Christ is the very God. His creation must worship Him.

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  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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