“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Col 1:14
The Lord Jesus was the first born, yet he wasn’t begotten, entirely different from being born like you and me. He wasn’t created; he was the Creator himself. This is beyond any shadow of doubt.
The incarnated Son was visible, for he once graced the earth and was visible before people for thirty-three years, and by looking at him people was able to see the face of the invisible God.
Indeed, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Unless we know the Son, we cannot know the Father, and our knowledge of the Father is acquired through the knowledge of the Son.
By the same token, we are also image-bearers of Jesus, and since the incarnation was the thing of the past, people can only see the invisible Jesus by looking at us.
The degree of our spirituality should always be determined by the amount of Christ’s image that we are able to reflect in our daily lives. What is being cultivated every moment of the day is the reality of “Christ in me,” which is a transformation from the abstract to the concrete, from the invisible to the visible, and from the dogmatic to the domestic.
There is always a kind of withdrawal that we often do when we make a retreat from the forefront of the world to the inner chamber of our heart, and we become more aware of who we truly are. We should not be people of “initial responses;” we ought to discipline ourselves to become more of people of “second reactions.” By this I mean our second reaction toward outer stimulations after inner contemplation will always be more godly and more inner-image-reflective than our natural responses to things, which is almost always impulsive.
We learn things through imitation, yet before we do that we must be spiritually motivated. It’s quite a natural thing that we imitate someone whom we deem great and admirable. If we have very little desire to imitate Christ in our being and actions, the likelihood is we don’t think much of Him, and to consider otherwise is self-deceptive. Isn’t it far more popular and crowd-pleasing among the young and old to be “more like Mike” than to be “more like Christ?”
“How much “Christ-likeness” do we actually possess? If we do, can other people see it? If we are truly honest, the answers to these questions should concern us a great deal.