Fun with words

Eikon (Greek) – 'image, likeness, portrait'

Our word 'icon' is the Latinized version of this Greek word.  As we all know, we click on an icon to access a computer program, that unseen and mysterious entity that exists only in 1's and 0's.  The icon gives us easy access to whatever program we are trying to use. 

"He is the image of the invisible God…"  Colossians 1:15

Paul, the writer of this letter, is referring to Jesus of Nazareth as the 'image of the invisible God.'  Guess what word is translated as 'image'?  Eikon… Jesus is the eikon of an invisible God.  The program icon and the program illustration reinforced the idea of Jesus being the Mediator between us and the Father.  The program is unseen yet we have easy and direct access through its icon.  So it is through Jesus the Christ that we have direct access to an invisible and benevolent Father. 

2 Responses to Fun with words

  1. Shirley says:

    With all due respect, it will be even less confusing, when we understand that Jesus is God, the only God, and when we get to Heaven, we will see One sitting on the throne.

    Thank you for the post, and I wish you every blessing.


  2. Lazaro says:

    What I meant by confusing is that it's hard for a finite mind to grasp the Incarnation. I do believe that Jesus is God, as John put it so eloquently in the first chapter of his gospel and Paul explains to the Colossians. I also believe Jesus when He says, "Before Abraham was born, I AM!" Thank you for the comment (I changed the post so I anyone else reading it wouldn't interpret the post as denying the Trinity)

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