Devotional: Colossians 1:15-19


Read these verses

Colossians 1:15-19



Is there an person who stands out in your mind as an “icon”?  Maybe a performer, athlete, or business titan who seems to embody everything that defines that area?  Some of the sports legends might fit this like Michael Jordan and basketball or Tiger Woods and golf.  It is these that you think of when you ponder their field of expertise.


Maybe it is easier to think of a brand mark for a product.  Like Chevrolet or Apple.  You can see the icon they use for their company and not need to see their name attached to it.


One last example is a parent/child.  You’ve maybe met a father and then later the son and realized they are seemingly identical from their appearance to the way they talk and even their mannerisms. 


None of these can do complete justice to the idea of Jesus being the very image of God.  He is not just a master of the field like Tiger Woods is to golf.  Jesus is not just an image that represents God.  Jesus is not just a spitting image of the Father.


Jesus is God fully and completely.  He came to earth in the form of a human like us, but still retained 100% of His God-ness.  As a man Jesus could be seen and touched, yet His presence on earth in no way detracted from His reign in heaven.  Jesus truly is God.


What are some other things you have heard Jesus be called?


Why is it vital for a Christian to recognize Christ as fully God?


What comes of your faith if Christ is less than 100% God?



The Son

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second member of the Trinity.  He is co-equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit in all power, authority, and dominion in the universe.  He was co-creator and rules over all creation from heaven.  Jesus existed before the world began.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary.  Jesus lived a sinless life and is the only sacrifice for our sins, dying on the cross, and defeating death forever.  He rose from the grave to return to heaven where He sits today.  Because of His perfect sacrifice we have eternal life as heirs of God. He will return to restore His kingdom and judge all people according to the will of God.

Genesis 3:8, Genesis 16:7-13, Ephesians 1:15-23, Revelation, 22:16, Colossians 1:15-19, John 17:5, Matthew 1:23, Hebrews 1:3, John 14:9-10, Matthew 4:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:21-25, John 3:16-17, John 6:38, Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:20-23, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 24:38-43, Matthew 28:9, Acts 10:41, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 1:2-3, Revelation 3:21, John 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 2 Timothy 4:7-8