Article 6. – Man.
And so we see in Colossians 1 that Christ has come as the image of the invisible God. The eternal Son of God took on human flesh as the perfect and complete image of God. The Good News is that he died for our sins and rose again, offering forgiveness for sins and eternal life to all who trust in him. This Good News, or Gospel, is what 2 Corinthians 4:4 calls the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. And part of what happens when we trust in him is that we will be conformed by the Holy Spirit to the image of [the] Son (Romans 8:29).
God made us to reflect him, and to be his representatives. In sin we rebel against him and his reign, seeking to rule ourselves. In salvation, Jesus comes as the perfect image of God and redeems rebels, and conforms all those who repent and trust in him to his own image. In short, Jesus offers life abudantly, life where we can reflect God the way he intended. We will do so imperfectly in this life, but this is the joy we were made for.
Psalm 16:11 (ESV): You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.