Lent Devotional: Colossians 1:15, 2:9

by Jonathan Haefs

Colossians 1:15, 2:9
[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily…

How do you see God?

Scripture is clear that God the father is “invisible” at least in the sense that he has not been seen, nor can he be seen by humans. He surpasses all description and the best the Biblical authors can do is scrape for words as they experience fleeting visions.

So how can we see God? How can we know who he is and what he is like?

What if this God made himself visible? What if…instead of us trying to figure out a way to approach him, he came to us? What if this God took on flesh and dwelt among us?

Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God! He has made God known to us! He has made him seen, because he IS God!

The whole fullness of deity dwells in Christ bodily! Jesus is part of God. He’s not 33% of God and you need to add him to the Holy Spirit and the Father to get the whole… no… he is God in all his fullness in flesh!

The Father is God! The Spirit is God! And Jesus is God! How? This is simply the mystery we are taught by Scripture and that we confess in faith. Our God is three distinct person, yet one divine essence! If that sounds confusing, like a mystery beyond understanding…the join the club!

But this mystery is not without point or purpose! The beauty of it is that we have been given a way to see God through Jesus Christ! And not only that…but we have been given a way TO God through Jesus Christ!

We have access to God the Father, through God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit! The invisible God has not only made himself known through Jesus, but he has made himself knowable through Jesus!

How do you see and know and love God? Through Jesus!

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