The Image: Dec. 2
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Gen. 1:26-27
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:3
When God made the first man and the first woman, He created them in His image, which means that mankind is to look like God on this earth, to be a representation to creation of its Creator. Yet in our defiance of God, mankind distorted this image. Since the first rebellion, men and women have misrepresented God on this earth.
But then God the Son became a man.
As God the Son, He had always existed with a perfect divine nature. He was as truly God as God the Father and God the Spirit. But then He added to himself a human nature and in that nature, He was the image of God in manhood. He revealed in a human nature the perfect image that Adam was called to be, but failed to be.
So perfectly did Jesus as man reveal this image that He could say to His disciples that to know Him was to know the Father. There is nothing about Jesus that misrepresents God. If we would know God’s love, joy, kindness, holiness, power, gentleness, humility— we have a perfect image of Him in Jesus Christ.
And, as the perfect image bearer, Jesus was given the headship of all creation. He is God’s regent, God’s perfect human king. Where Adam and David and Israel failed, Jesus did not. He was the Son who perfectly revealed the Father, and who was given the eternal inheritance of the universe, to rule as God’s perfect king.
As for God, the psalmist says, He has set His king on Zion, His holy hill, and every knee will bow to Him, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. He is the image of the invisible God, the sight of the unseeable, the enfleshing of the infinite, the perfect view of the indescribably glorious. He is Christ, the true and better Adam, the firstborn heir of all creation, the God-man ruler of all nations, the Divine Son from from Whom, and to Whom are all things.