Jesus is spoken of several times in the Bible as the image of God. How is Jesus the image of God and what does that mean?
In 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Colossians 1:15, it speaks of Jesus being the image of God. What does this mean? How are we to understand this expression?
In Genesis 1:26 it tells us that man was made in the image of God. Does that mean that we are God or that we are God-like? When a baby is born, does it not in some ways resemble the parents? But though that is so, the baby isnot the parents or the same as the parents or equal to the parents.
Being created or made in the image of God means that we have some similar characteristics. God gave us the ability to choose, to think, to reason, to create and so on. However there is a big difference between us and God, would you not agree?
In 1 Corinthians 11:7 it tells us that man is the image of God. We can reflect God in many ways. When God looks at us, just like when we look at
Are we God? No, we are His image, His reflection.
Is Jesus the Almighty God? No, he is God’s image, his reflection.
What is the difference between the image we reflect and the image Christ Jesus reflects? Christ is a perfect reflection of his Father and that is why Jesus could say that by seeing him they had seen the Father. (Hebrews 1:3; John 14:9-10)
Right now, we can only be an imperfect reflection but in time we will polish up our image as we follow Christ closely. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
So, Jesus Christ is the perfect reflection or image of his Father, YHWH the Almighty God. However, there is a big difference between the Almighty God and Jesus, just as there is a big difference between the Almighty God and us. Jesus is not the Almighty God but His Son!