Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Jesus Christ the Son of God is the express, flawless, perfect image of God. The opening Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His Person. The word ‘express’ used here simply means flawless, spotless, impeccable, without wrinkle, perfect. No man has seen God at any time, but the begotten of the Father, Jesus Christ, has declared or revealed Him (John 1:18). Jesus Christ is the perfect revelation of the Father. He told Phillip, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9-11). In another verse of Scripture, He reveals that He and the Father are one (John 10:30), which means the invisible Father is revealed in and by the visible image of His Son Jesus Christ in flawless and absolute perfection. True, he who has seen Him has seen the Father. You cannot tell any difference between Jesus and the Father, for He is the visible and perfect expression of the Father God. Hallelujah! Therefore, looking unto Jesus is looking unto the Father, beholding Him is beholding the Father, embracing Him is embracing the Father; He is God made flesh, the invisible God made flesh in the visible realm.
When God said to make man in His image and after His likeness, He actually meant to make man like Jesus Christ. So, He made man in His image and after His likeness, to conform to the perfect image of His Person, that is, Jesus Christ, the living Word. Man, like Jesus Christ, is the expression of the invisible God. God wanted man to be as perfect as His Son Jesus Christ in mirroring Him to the world. God wanted to bring many sons unto glory (Hebrews 2:10). He wanted many sons, but started with just One, the Firstborn from the dead, the Firstborn among many brethren. Perfection of the image of God that man is, is only possible by fellowship with the Word. In fellowship with the Word, we are perfected to be like Jesus in all things. This was why God sought fellowship with the first Adam through His Word, by the commandment of His Word not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Man broke fellowship with the Word, hence he broke fellowship with God. Perfection of the image of God was denied him; he fell by transgression. But now that we are born again, we continue in fellowship with the Word as we meditate in the Word and practise it. We are perfected by continual growth into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ Jesus, the express image of God.
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I am the image of God; I give expression to the invisible God in the visible realm. I declare that my life is a reflection of the glory of God in all that I do. Amen.