The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. – Colossians 1:15 (NIV)
Jesus is the only the begotten Son of God the Father. He has an earthly birth to a virgin mother through the power of the Spirit of God. Some don’t teach about Jesus being born to a virgin. Some do not teach Jesus as being God and human, divine and flesh. Theologically, that takes some real faith and belief.
Our perspective on Jesus is built up by the witness of the Word of God. The Bible tells us about Jesus. The Bible teaches us about Jesus. The sacred biblical text asserts the divinity and deity of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. If we trust and believe the Bible as truth, then we must accept who the Bible says Jesus is and not any other source, even those written by Christian theologians and others.
Paul wrote of Jesus being the image of God who man has not seen. He is supported in the Scriptures by the words of John in both the Gospel of John and in John’s first epistle to the saints. Jesus came and offered us Immanuel, “God among (with) us.” As John stated plainly in the opening chapter of the Gospel of John: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (v. 14, NIV).
We need to believe beyond what we see. Many of Jesus’ own disciples, those closest to Him, did not believe that He had risen and returned. Thomas is given the label of “Doubting Thomas” due to his failure to believe unless he had seen Jesus with His scarred hands and His pierced and wounded side for himself with his own eyes. Yet, did not Peter run to see the tomb, with John following along with him, after receiving the news of the risen Lord? Jesus said it plainly in John 20:29: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. – John 1:18 (NIV)
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. – John 6:46 (NIV)