Man’s Devices

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device” (Acts 17:29)

When was the last time you saw a graven image of Jesus in wood, stone, gold, or on the blue or silver screen?

We ought not think it as God. These are all deceptions and devices of man.

Separating ourselves from man’s devices is a challenging and continuous process. The more closely we align ourselves with the world, the more difficult it becomes.

If you want to get a more accurate representation of what Jesus looked like, look to the Bible not to man’s depiction. Here are some scriptures that paint a clearer picture. Keep in mind, we are not to make any image of Him.

Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (1 Corinthians 11:14)

I don’t think Paul would teach us men to do something that Jesus would not do, namely have long hair like women should have:

For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered . . . But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering (1 Corinthians 11:6, 15)

He was not handsome according to our worldly understanding,

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground:
he hath no form nor comeliness;
and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53:2)

Jesus at some point had a beard,

I gave my back to the smiters,
and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair:
I hid not my face from shame and spitting. (Isaiah 50:6)

So no. We do not know exactly what Jesus looked like and should not try to make an image of Him in any form.

What we should do is wait according to the teaching of God’s grace for His coming while we work zealously for Him.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee (Titus 2:11-15).

We will know him if we remain and are alive at His coming, we will behold Him in all His glory. The angels told us this,

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:6-11).

One thought on “Man’s Devices

  1. For some reason, Isaiah 53:2 always brings tears to my eyes.
    That Jesus Christ, the Savior of all the world,should be uncomely, with no beauty, that would draw us to Him.
    Some wonderful words of truth.


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