Why eikon?

Well I suppose it’s about time that I got around to posting on why I chose the name “eikon.” Eikon is a Greek word found in a couple of significant places in the New Testament where it is normally translated “image”

As it says in the heading of this blog, two of the places where this word is used are Colossians 1:15 which says:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” ESV

and Col 3:10 which says:

“and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” ESV

I guess for me these two verses sum up so much of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Colossians 1:15 says something utterly profound about the Jesus whom we follow. We follow no mere man. He is more than a prophet. He is more than a teacher, he is God, the eternal Word made flesh.

But the Christian call is more than a call to a set of theologically correct propositions about the nature and being of God. The Christian call is a call to response and worship and to consequential transformation.

Paul says to the Colossians “you have put off the old self with it’s practices” (Col 3:9) and have put on a new self that is being renewed… after the image of its creator.

As a follower of Jesus, I am to look more and more like Jesus. To use another scripture containing the word eikon:

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2Co 3:18 ESV


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