Have you ever seen video footage or pictures of what an atom bomb can do? It’s powerful, devastating, terrible, and awesome. I honestly can’t think of a word strong enough to describe it. And have you ever seen how big an atom bomb is? Compared to the power contained inside it, it is minuscule. I consider the truth found in Colossians 1:15 to be the infinite reality of the atom bomb: small truth, eternal implications.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” – Colossians 1:15
Let’s go back to the garden. God creates man, Adam.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’… God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:26-27
God creates man, or mankind, in His own image. Man is to bear the image of God. This basically means to express the nature and character of God – to live by God’s own life. How was man to do this? By eating from the tree of life. What happened? Man chose to listen to the deceiver and eat from a different tree, a fruit that would make man like God. Man chose to be like God instead of bearing God’s likeness. As an imager of God, man, Adam, failed.
Enter Christ. Enter the true image of the invisible God. He is the firstborn of all creation. What does that mean? It means:
“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. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” – Colossians 1:16-20
God desired a humanity to image Him. He desired an earthly vessel to carry or bear His image. He desired a creation that would express His own life. So He created man, Adam. When the first Adam failed, God did not lose His desire. He saw that desire fulfilled in His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ was (and is) the image of the invisible God. In fact, it was by Him, through Him, and for Him that all things were even created in the first place. This Christ is kind of a big deal.
In Christ, God gets an imager. In Christ, God gets a humanity who expresses His own image and likeness. In Christ, the one New Man, the New Humanity, the last Adam, God’s nature and character has expression. In Christ, God destroys the old humanity, the first Adam, and ushers in the new humanity, the last Adam. So how do we partake of, or participate in, this new humanity today?
“So also it is written, ‘The first man, Adam, became a living soul.’ The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 15:45
While the first Adam became a living soul who was to eat from the tree of life, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, became the tree of life Himself (life-giving spirit) for us to eat from. The image of God is a life-giving spirit that dwells within those who are in Him.
God’s own Adam Bomb, His Son Jesus Christ, utterly destroys the old humanity, the first Adam. But from that death and destruction comes life! And life everlasting! It is a new life, a resurrection life, the very life of God Himself. The expression of divine, eternal life – the image of God – Jesus Christ – now dwells in and expresses Himself among and through His people, the Church. Such an eternal impact in one, (not-so-) little man. What a Christ!