THE SON, THE IMAGE OF GOD


 

 

God’s invisibility and inaudibility show that God is above all human abilities, comprehension and classification.   Man cannot describe God directly whereas he cannot see Him directly.  

            God is unlimited, unchangeable, immutable, uncorrupted, and active all time, immaterial Spirit who is beyond Man’s full understanding, receiving and consciousness.

            In Genesis, chapter one; we observe that God used the plural speech such as: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” ( Gen.1:26)   Theologians interpreted and understood the plurality within the divine unity {Eloheim & Adonai}.   In psalm 40:1, we read, “The Lord said to My Lord, sit at My right hand.”   In addition, in the New Testament, Jesus said, “…in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Matt.28:19.   John starts his Gospel with “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Jh. 1:1)

            The name “Jesus Christ” designates His incarnation and saving work for Mankind.   In the meantime, the Expression, the “Word”, “Logos” points out to the Son of God with respect to His deity and divinity.   Consequently, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word, the Son Has two sorts of relation:  a. an internal relation to God.  b. An external relation to Man.

            1.  If we meditate on the “Word was with God and the Word was God”, we see that the Word” refers to the Unity of the Godhead, the Deity.   In addition, it indicates a distinction of eternal persons in one present from the beginning.   There are many verses which affirm this revelation:   “His name Immanuel which is translated; God with us” (Is. 7: 14 & Matt. 1:23)   “My Beloved Son”  I and My Father are one” (Jh.10:30) “For in Him all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9).    Moreover, He is God’s self-expression.    Thomas said to Jesus,”My Lord and My God” (Jh. 20:28).   As an internal eternal, pure, holy, divine and godlike relation, the “Son” is the image of the invisible, inaudible God.   Paul taught, “He is the image of the invisible God and the first born over all creation” (Col. 1:15)   and in Hebrews, “… His Son…who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things…You are My Son, today I have begotten You. And again ‘I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to Me a Son…’  ” (Heb. 1:2-5)

            No one in human history is in God’s likeness and resemblance in His infinite almighty essence but, His Son, His Word.   Isaiah asked in the old time, “To whom, then will you liken God? Alternatively, what likeness will you compare to Him? Alternatively, to whom shall I be equal? Says the Holy One” (Is.40:18, 25&46:5).   Paul replies later, “…Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God” (Phil. 2:5, 6).   Isaiah also described the Messiah (Christ) as”…Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end” (Is. 9:6, 7) 

            The “Son” is omnipotent, eternal, everlasting, perfect and infinite in love, grace, goodness, wisdom, honor and glory.   Perfection produces Perfection and Light produces Light.

            David assured that “…Even from everlasting to everlasting {You} are God” (Ps. 90:2).    In addition, he said, “But {You} are the same, and {Your} years will have no end” (Ps. 102:27).   The writer of Hebrews confirmed that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8)   As he quotes David’s inspired words “But to the Son He says, Your throne, O God is forever and ever” (Heb. 1:8 & Ps. 45:6)   And John in his Revelation wrote “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8,11).

          2.  Jesus Christ as the first born of every creature differs in His external relation to Man from all creatures.   He represents God, the Father to the human race.  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (! Tim. 2:5)    Whereas God , the Father is invisible in His own nature and incomprehensible to Men; He reveals Himself to His creatures and makes things plain; as it is necessary and needed in times and places through His only begotten Son who is the lively, accurate and exact expression of His pattern and likeness.   In such ways, Men can know God by His Son who is His image. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (Jh. 1:18).   Jesus informed His disciples, “If you had Know Me you would have known My Father also, and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. He who has seen Me has seen the Father (Jh. 14:7, 9)

            Jesus is God incarnate, manifested in human flesh. His person, teachings, works are righteous, true and perfect.   “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jh. 1:14)

            Jesus Christ demonstrates God’s light as God shines in Him; in the knowledge of the glory of God, His Good news, miraculous deeds, righteousness, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.   In his second epistle to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them… For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:4&6)

            Dear reader:   The only direction and way to see and know God is to listen to His image who is His Word (Logos), His Son.   His image is the representative of the imperceptible Deity on the line between Him and Man.   God spoke through His Expression, the Word to Adam in the Garden of Eden, to Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Daniel, Paul on the road to Damascus, John in his Revelation and to all His prophets, apostles and saints.   His expression, the Word is He who dwelt in holy temples and appeared in flames of fire and clouds and others.  Man saw the Son’s appearance and manifestation, and heard His voice in different cases, times and ways.

            Dear reader:   The Trinity that is the three-ness of God in one-ness of God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.    The three persons are different in function but in the meantime, they are not contraries and contradictories.   They are not successive forms of appearance, moreover they are same and equal in essence and substance.

God is unity in diversity and unity in plurality.

            At Nicaea Council in 325 A D the Nicene Creed was considered, then it was affirmed and ratified at Council of Rome in 341 and Council of Constantinople in 381, which says, “…. Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God: Light of Light, Very God of Very God; Begotten not made; Being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made…”

            Jesus Christ, the Word is the visible image of God, the agent of the creation, the human race’s sustainer and the head of the Church.   In Him love, the hope of glory, the source of wisdom, peace, and justice, knowledge, purity, light, grace and everlasting life exist.   Through Him, revelation, reconciliation with the Father, salvation, redemption, judgment and condemnation take place. 

“In Him was life and the life was the light of men” (Jh. 1:5)

            Merry Christmas 2006.       Amen.                                                                         Elder Kamal Akkari

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