Man was created in the likeness of God. But what does likeness mean? What form does God take? People have seen the Glory of the Ftaher, but not the face of the Father. When we see Jesus, we don’t just see a LIKENESS of the Father, we actually see the father (John 14). Again, is this in any way physical? My guess is that this is not so much a physical thing as a spiritual/character thing (being that Both the Father and Jesus are separate persons of the same trinity; this John Piper article is helpful).
So this got me thinking; Jesus has always been there (John 1), as has the spirit (Genesis1, Hebrews 9) and the Father (Genesis 1). All were involved, it would seem, with the creation of earth. In every interaction with humanity, all three are present. In prayer, we address the Father, by the power of the spirit, which is facilitated by the mediation of Christ (in dying on the cross, making us righteous before God).
Jesus was always there, Jesus was always the way we could be saved; we see in Isaiah 53 that Jesus would come to suffer and take our sins. What an awesome thing. We also see in Zechariah 3 (one of my favourite bible passages ever!) that God planned to purify and shelter his people, eternally, through Jesus. In revelation, we see that those who are in Jesus face an eternity of Joy.
Is the human Jesus form the form that Jesus takes when not living as a human on earth? Is this the form that we were created in the likeness of? Do The trinity even have seperate “forms” when outside of time and space? If so (my gut is that they do, in some way that we can’t understand), what form does Jesus take when he is NOT on earth? He is seated at the right hand of God. But how much is this imagery, how much is this a physical image rather than an image of authority and position?
John, speaking of the spirit, basically says that we can’t physically see Him, but we can see his influence. Will this change in heaven?
Some people say that Melchizedek was God in human form (see the story of Abram, and then in Hebrews. Melchizedek is a dude who Abram Basically pays a tithe to, who was a priest but not a Levite. Jesus is, in Hebrews, described as an eternal priest in the “order of Melchizedek”. What that means is up in the air); does that mean that it is God the Son? Is it possible that God the father might have taken human form? Is the form of Melchizedek the same as the human form of “Jesus” in the New Testament, or the form Jesus takes when not living as a human on earth, or something different again?
Basically, I have, over the last few days, been thinking a lot about who Jesus really is, and have been smashed again by how much we dont understand.
But I think it should be that way. Any God, who is simple enough for me to understand, is not going to be God; it just doesn’t make sense for a part of the creation to be able to explain everything about it’s creator.
I’ve been wow’d by the trinity, by Jesus, by the awesomeness of God and by how awesome it is that I can call Jesus my brother, and God my father, through the gift of grace.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.