Portrait

Portrait

Update: 2021-10-15
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Portrait of God


This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This called Portrait 

Take a look at some of pictures hanging on the walls of your house...why are they there, what to they communicate to you or who do they represent?


When my wife and I go to colonial Williamsburg the historical actors will sometimes say “would you like to have a quick portrait done with me”? 


Its their way of saying want to get a picture with me? What are pictures or portraits really…



Hear the words of the writer of Colossians 1 (Paul)


Colossians 1:15-19

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.


The Greek word eikon (image) meaning perfect-representation, the very substance or essential embodiment of something or someone.

The same word is used in Greek to describe a portrait or more familiar to us, the word “photograph.”


Typically they are representations of a moment in time...nothing else. They are two dimensional only and do not capture the whole context of meaning and it importance to you.


That’s not what Paul is talking about... we see that in verse 19 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,”


You see Jesus was not merely a “sketch of God or a lifeless portrait He is the full revelation of God...nothing was left out. 


Theres much more to the story but for today think about this:

In the gospel Matthew 6 tells us that if we seek him we will find Him. When you do so God it’s like adding a brush stroke to a cosmic portrait...in time the face of Jesus emerges.



This is Steve, be of good courage and Press ON



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