Jan. 25, 2021

Can We Ever Really Know What God is Like? | Colossians 1:15

Can We Ever Really Know What God is Like? | Colossians 1:15

Colossians 1:15 (NIV)  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

This week, we will look at the hymn Paul breaks out into. 

The early Church teachers taught believers deep theological truths by using hymns. 

Why?

Because they were short. Easy to remember. Therefore, God's Truth would not be taught incorrectly as the believers taught other believers. 

Today's Truth: We can see everything about God by looking at Jesus. 

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

 During the time the early Christian church was birthed, there was a man named Pliny the younger who was in charge of a portion of the Roman Empire. Now this man, Pliny the younger was having trouble with individuals from a new religion that was quickly growing in the region. So, he wrote a letter to Emperor Trajan to seek guidance on what to do with this new group and he described them in his letter this way, “(quote) They were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god” (end quote). These Christians would meet and sing hymns.

 You see, in the early church, they didn’t have Bibles like we do today. 

 So, teaching about Jesus Christ had to be done verbally, and teachers within the early church depended on new believers handing down these teachings correctly from one house church to the next. One way teachers prevented incorrect teachings was to teach with hymns. Now, these hymns were short, but so very, very rich in theology.

 And why do I tell you this? Well, one of the false teachings creeping into the church in Colossae was that Christ wasn’t deity. 

 And Paul refuted that teaching with a well-known hymn at that time that begins here in Colossians 1 verse 15 with, “The Son is the image of the invisible God.”

 Now that Greek word for “image” means “copy” or “likeness.” Meaning Jesus Christ is the exact likeness of God. So, Paul’s saying, “Jesus is the manifestation of God. He is fully God in every way.”

In John 1 verse 18 says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God, has made him known.”

And Jesus said In John 14 verse 8, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

So, your Simple Truth for today: In Jesus, we see the exact image of who God is.  Any time you read of Jesus in the Bible, you see God. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Redeemer. He is love, grace, peace, hope. He heals the sick. He sets the captives free. He brings sight to the blind. He brings the lost back into God’s Family. Now, that’s a God worth serving. Amen?

 Hey, join us again tomorrow as we continue exploring who Jesus Christ is, because once you truly understand who he is, you discover your identity. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you tomorrow.