What Does God Look Like?

By Clifton Fox, Church of Christ

If you could imagine God’s appearance, would He look and act like us? God indeed chose to make man “in His image” (Gen. 1:26-27). However, for us to make God in our image violates the 10 Commandments… the 2nd one: “You shall not make any image, or likeness of anything that is in heaven” (Deut. 5:8). Such statues are idolatry. To make statues of Zeus, Baal-gods, a gold calf, or even, statues of Christian saints, the Mother Mary or Jesus for bowing or praying to is idolatry.

We aren’t under the 10 Commandments today. The 10 Commandment Covenant was made only with the Jews (Deut. 5:2-7), which they repeatedly violated. Centuries later, Jeremiah prophesied that God would replace the 10 Commandments with a new law (Jer. 31:31-34). As a result, 700 years later, Jesus fulfilled that prophecy on the cross. He is now the mediator of a new and better covenant enacted on better promises (like salvation)…The New Testament is Christ’s Law (Heb.8:6).

This “abolished” the Old Law (Eph. 2:14).  We’re no longer “under” it (Gal. 3:23). Romans 7 calls us “dead to the Law” (v. 4) and “discharged from the Law” (v. 6). “The Law” there refers to the 10 Commandments according to v. 9. Therefore, not even Jews are required to keep the 10 Commandments today. We’re under Christ’s Law now (1st Cor. 9:20-21).

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