The Image of God in Christ Revealed
"[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (Colossians 1:15).
The reflection of God into this world will be difficult to see because of sin. We cannot see God with our own eyes. We will manufacture gods that satisfy our own desires for justification and power. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God but lost that image because of sin. We cannot look at each other and find everything God created us to be.
So God reveals himself and makes himself known in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the visibleness of God, the revelation of God in this world. When we see Christ, we see God and know what he is like.
The image of God was lost and broken in Adam and all the sons and daughters of Adam. Jesus is the second Adam, born of Mary. As the second Adam he has come to restore God's image in this world. Believers in Jesus Christ are inheritors of the truth and promise of Jesus Christ.
Adam's disobedience has universal implications. Jesus' act of obedience also has universal implications. Philippians 2:6-8 shows us how Christ functions as the image of God.
"who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:6-8).
Adam sinned with the ambition to be like God. Jesus, though he was God, emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant.
The fullness of God dwells in Christ, as we have faith in Christ we now dwell in this fullness. Our ambition and desire to become like God is set aside because this is a gift now received by faith. Through Baptism, the Word of God delivered in the water, God makes us a part of the body of Christ. His name now dwells upon us. His image is now how we sees us. His image is now how he calls us to see one another.
Now I didn't write in this post about the line "firstborn of all creation," but I will in the future show us how this line refers to the priority of Christ and not his being less than divine.