It is in Jesus that God makes himself known in unity, perfectly. Despite the fact that he was in human form Jesus was still able to perfectly represent the holiness (exclusiveness) of God to the world, something which Israel was never able to do. It is only through Jesus that the world finally sees exactly what the “goodness” of God involves and how he is different from fallen humanity (creation).

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
(Hebrews 1:3)

It is because of his union with God that Jesus is aptly described as “the word” in John 1. Unlike Israel Jesus perfectly reflected the “goodness” of God in unity. This is why it can be consistently said to know Christ is to know his father who sent him.

While in human form Jesus is said to be God at the same time. Colossians 1 sheds some light on the interaction between human unity and the trinity that exists in Christ.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
(Colossians 1:15-23 ESV)

It is no small thing to say that Jesus created and sustains the universe, and that all authority comes from him. This attributes the same authority to Jesus which demands the worship of God alone (creator). Paul also explains that Jesus did not only reflect the image of God in human form, but the fullness of God was in Christ. In short Jesus is God, the interaction of the union of God and the union of man in Christ will be discussed in more detail later.


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