What are the necessary skills do you need to communicate? What did Christ need to be the “Image” and “Word” of God?
Christ needed to intimately know God. Jesus says in Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him.“ Jesus is able to communicate (reveal) God the Father to us because He knew God intimately. In actuality, if think about God the Son being omniscient that would mean that God the Son knew God the Father as well as God the Father knew Himself. This consistency of knowledge within the Trinity has huge implications on what it means to be three-in-one. However; for our purposes we can draw the conclusion that in order to be a communicator you must know what you are communicating. A corollary to that is the better you know a subject the better you will be able to communicate it.
Also, we see in this verse the need for the decision to communicate. Christ decides to reveal. To truly communicate we need to decide to communicate. There is a lot of non-verbal and accidental communication that exists. We often communicate things that we do not intend, however; this unintentional communication is not work. It is accident. Christ choose to communicate God to us. That choice resulted in several other decisions. He chose to place Himself in a place that communication was possible. He chose to use a form and manner that made understanding possible. Christ decided to reveal God. We must also decide to communicate and this decision will lead to other decisions about how to best communicate.
So those decisions on how to best communicate require knowledge not only the subject trying to be communicated but also the object trying to be communicated to. Christ not only needed to know how to “talk” about God but He also needed to know how to “talk” to people. Christ was excellent with this. John 7:46 The officers answered, “Never man spake like this man.” Christ needed to know who he was talking to.
In order to communicate you need to know what your talking about, who you are talking to and make the decision to talk. Now how is this applicable to our work situations.
1) As we try to learn our area of expertise, more intimate with our subject the more we can communicate in a “Christ-like” manner.
2) Our decisions to communicate will lead to other decisions that will put us in place to communicate. This can be viewed in a small way of Christ being incarnated so that we could understand who God is.
3) As we examine those we are trying to communicate with we can aspire to the image of God at work in us. Learning about the nature of humanity (generally) or the concerns of those persons (specifically) that allows us to communicate more like Christ.