15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[a] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Over the next several weeks we will consider the following doctrinal concepts
Incarnation -GOD Comes to Us
Salvation and Redemption - GOD Reconnects Us
Sanctification - GOD Redirects and Repurposes Us
Glorification - GOD Manifests Eternal Life in Us
The Incarnation is the mysterious belief foundational to Christianity that the GOD of eternity appeared bodily in time. Specifically, that the Son of GOD, the second hypostatic reality or personality of the Triune Godhead appeared in a man we call Jesus the Christ or the Anointed One. The simplest way to understand the Christian doctrine of the incarnation is that GOD the Son comes to us in order to live with us so that He might save us.
According to the writer of Colossians, Christ is...
The image of the invisible GOD
The Blueprint and Agent of Creation as the Begotten