An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 6 - Doctrinal Truth - Page 207 of 270
John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh and 'tabernacled' among us, and
Colossians 2:9 reveals that in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead
Although Exodus 33:18 -23 makes it clear that Moses could not see the
face of God and live, the same chapter tells us, 'And the Lord spake unto
Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend' (Exod. 33:11).  For a
fuller examination of the teaching involved, and the apparent contradiction
that appears on the surface, see Face, p. 194.
We pass on, therefore, to other aspects of the subject, and turn to
Genesis 1 where Adam is said to be made 'in the image' and 'after the
likeness' of God (Gen. 1:26).  The Companion Bible says that this is the
figure of hendiadys -- one thing not two -- 'in the likeness of our image'.
We learn later that Christ is the 'Image of the invisible God', consequently
Adam was made 'after the likeness' of the Saviour.  This is more fully seen
when we remember that the word 'likeness' translates the Hebrew demuth from
which the very name Adam is derived; as Romans 5:14 and 1 Corinthians 15:45 -
49 reveal, Adam was a 'figure of Him that was to come'.  The making
of Adam in the image and after the likeness of his Maker, not only faintly
foreshadowed the coming Saviour, but also the coming Glory.  The earthly
image must one day be exchanged for the heavenly (1 Cor. 15:49), and this
will be only fully realized in resurrection glory.  Colossians 3:10, however,
shows that even now the believer puts on the new man 'which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of Him that created him'.
The structure of Colossians 1:15 -19, shows that two creations are
before us: first, the original creation in which Christ is pre -eminent as
the Image of the Invisible God, and then the new spiritual creation in which
Christ is pre -eminent as the Head of the Body, and the One in Whom all the
fulness dwells.  This new and spiritual creation is considered more fully in
the corresponding section, Colossians 3:5 -15.  Let us observe the
relationship between these two parts:
Colossians 1:15 -25 and 3:5 -15
G 1:15,16.  The Creator.  The Image.
H 1:20.
Reconciliation of heaven and earth.
I 1:17,18.  Christ pre -eminent
all in Him.
J 1:20.
Peace and forgiveness of sins.
K  1:22.
Holy, blameless, unreproveable.
3:10. Created after Image.
3:11. Reconciliation of Jew and Greek.
3:11. Christ is all, and in all.
3:13,15.  Peace
forgive quarrel.
3:9,12.  Put off
put on
holy and beloved.
It is evident that there is an intentional parallel here, and we must
not attempt an exposition of Colossians 1:15 -25 without noting the words
which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The subject is so vast that one falters at the threshold.  Who can hope to
handle aright such truth as is involved in the doctrine of the invisible God,
and of Christ His Image?  The mighty sweep of creation here unfolded almost
leaves the mind stunned; and even more wonderful is the transition from the
Headship of creation to the Headship of the Church.  That God should create