The Visible Invisible

Paul extols the greatness of God by pointing to his invisibility. “To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim 1:17). He is a Sovereign King, unscathed by sickness, death or age. He is the only God, there is no other. But he is also the invisible God. He is unlimited. Time cannot contain him, age plays no role in his existence, he is utterly self-sufficient needing no one and nothing to exist, and he is not subject to the boundaries of a physical existence for he is invisible. It is his glory to be untamed and unfenced. God is by definition infinite. He is without creaturely boundaries. The incarnation is mind boggling and magnificent with this thought in the back of our minds. Jesus is the “image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). The invisible is made visible in the God-man. What was unseen is now seen in Jesus. In Jesus we see the God who cannot be seen. There is a unique glory in this self-emptying service of Christ. There is a unique glory in the invisible God making himself visible.

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