The Human image of God (Col 1:15): It has been noted that in the light of the New Testament, the remarkable truth is not so much that Jesus is Godlike, but rather that God is actually Christlike. (God is Christlike and in him is no un-Christlikeness at all). In the light of the New Testament revelation, all who would wish to know who God is and what he is like, need look no further than the person of Jesus (John 1:18, 14:9). From now on, all true perspectives of God must pass through the very particular lens of the man called Jesus of Nazareth. To say this more technically, all theology must now be understood through Christology. The genius of this aspect of New Testament revelation is that in Jesus God provides for us the basis of all imitation of him. From our perspective as human beings Jesus becomes the reference point for all genuine knowing, all true loving, and all authentic following of God. This, too, will have massive implications on the church’s life and mission.

Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come, p.37.

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