Christ, the Living Image of God

James Nettinga

READ : Colossians 1:15-16
2 Corinthians 3:18
Romans 12:2

This title is the theme for our devotional month together. In Colossians Paul describes Christ as the image of God, his “visible likeness.” Paul speaks of Christ as the living image of the God of creation, the world, the universe, which I like to call outer space. When the early Christians made this bold confession (Col. 1:15,16), they addressed it first to God, and then to one another as a prayer in worship.

To the Corinthians Paul writes that we change into Christ’s likeness. We reflect like mirrors the glory of God through the help of the Spirit. This is the transformation from outer space to the inner space of our lives.

Paul told the Christians in Rome to let God change their minds so as to understand God’s will and walk in God’s way. The rest of chapter 12 describes the images of life, living sacrifices to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.

Begin making your own list of images of life for the month. As a Lenten exercise, compare them with those we will be studying during the coming days.


O God, may we reflect like mirrors the image of Christ, dedicated to his service to others. Amen.