Brian E. Wilson (brian@twonh.demon.co.uk)
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 18:15:58 +0100

*Subject: Re: firstborn in Col 1.15*
*You cannot make an image of that which is invisible*

I agree entirely with you that neither you, nor anyone else, can
make an image of the invisible God. The idea in Col 1.15 is surely,
however, that God himself has made an image of himself. The visible
image of God originates from the invisible God. Grammatically, TOU QEOU
is a genitive of source. Although we human beings could not have
conceived an image of the invisible God, He has chosen to do what human
wisdom could not have anticipated - make himself, the invisible God,
visible in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Paul puts across
the same idea in I Corinthians 1.18-2.5 which ends with the words,
*that your faith might rest not in the wisdom of men but in the power of

Brian E. Wilson