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. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:15-20 ESV
If this was Jeopardy, you would get it right if you said, “Who is Jesus”! Look to v13, to know this is referring to ‘THE SON’, the one in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin, that one who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. In Exodus 33 when Moses was still grappling with God’s choosing him as the deliverer, Moses wanted assurance that the Spirit talking to him was God. He said He would not go, unless God went with him and Moses asked to see that it was God and God’s response in 33:20 was that, ““you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”Moses was a precursor, or a type of Christ. GOD is invisible! But God was manifest in the GOD-MAN, JESUS!
Leader, in 1 Timothy Paul called God, the invisible God. God is Spirit! In John 4 when Jesus is talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, and the woman was inquiring WHERE to worship God, Jesus responded: But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24) God is invisible. But God has been made visible. The Greek word used in the above word is ‘eikon’; Jesus is the eikon of God!
Conduit, this is where we get our word, “ICON”. On our desktop, we have SHORTCUTS that allow us to quickly get to a program. It is a ‘pictorial representation’, it is an emblem, symbol, a sign- a graphic symbol on a computer display screen that represents an object or function! In classical Greek, ‘eikon’ has to do with a dye, or a stamp. In New Testament Greek it has to do with an exact replica, a precise copy, a representation. In John 14 right after Jesus says He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE- Philip requests of Jesus to see God; Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:8-9) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me”. God has become manifest and He has been manifest in the person of THE SON who is none other than JESUS the CHRIST. See John 1:1-4,14! Now worship HIM in SPIRIT and TRUTH!