As a Christian, one in whom Christ dwells, you are a visible expression of the invisible God. You were designed and created to be His “Imager” on the earth. In the fall of “Adam”, we all fell. We all come into this world separated and the image of God is damaged or, shall we say, not as clear as originally designed.
When God found Adam hiding in the Garden He asked, “Where are you Adam?” Is it possible God was looking at Adam when He asked this? Could it be that what God was really looking for was the Adam, the Imager, He had created him to be but could no longer see? It’s as if God was saying, “Where is my Image in you Adam, it seems to be missing?”
God’s plan is for “Man” to be His expression on earth so the fall was never going to stop Him.
The New Covenant tells us Jesus was the “Image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:15). And that it was “The Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him…” (Colossians 1:19). Jesus Himself even said, “If you’ve seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). You might say, “Well, I understand that Louie, that Jesus is the image of God and expresses Him, but how do you say that we do that?
According to the Scriptures, “In Him (Jesus) all the fullness of Deity/Godhead dwells in bodily form, and in Him YOU have been made complete… (Colossians 2:9-10). If all of what God is is expressed in Jesus and He is IN you, wouldn’t that make you a visible expression of the invisible God?
Way back in the book of Isaiah we see a prophecy of the coming promised one, Jesus. Isaiah said, “So His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14). When Jesus, the exact image of God, was beaten and hung on the cross He became unrecognizable. In fact, the scriptures tell us He didn’t even look like a man! God became what we were, the fallen, separated marred image, so we could become what we were always intended to be, “the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).
“He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin so we could become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).