Few passages in scripture reveal the full essence of our Lord Jesus Christ as does Paul’s description in the first chapter of his letter to the church in Colosse. In verse 15 of that chapter, Paul tells us that Jesus is the image of “the invisible God.”
The word image used here is the transliteration of the Greek eikon (ee-kone’) meaning likeness, resemblance, or representation. This word is consistent with Jesus’ claim that if anyone has seen Him, they have seen the Father. In other words, looking at the one is like looking at the other; they are the same; there is no discernible difference.
The author of Hebrews puts it this way: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” (Hebrews 1:3)
“All” Is The Key
As we continue through Colossians 1:15-20, the word all pops up as key to the entire passage. In essence, Paul is claiming that Jesus
• Was firstborn [foremost, supreme] over all creation
• He created all things
• Not only created them, but they were created for Him
• He existed before all other things existed
• Holds all things together; without Him, existence would fall apart
• He is supreme, superior, preeminent over all things; He is utmost in importance
The operative word here is all. God used words that would preclude any claim by false teachers that Jesus was anything less than sovereign overall existence. But somehow people tend to miss the truth, even today. We let otherwise insignificant matters consume much of our conscious thoughts, our energy, and even sometimes our love. We treat Jesus as if He comes after all other things, instead of before.
Here’s the bottom line: We worship a God who is the universe. And because there is no force greater than he, we are forever safe in His hands. Amen.