1. Generally, it is transliterated “ikon” or “icon”. Please note that while the “ikon” transcends the “shadow”, the shadow too participates in that which is “true”.

  2. The shadow has no life. Here are phrases connected with the shadow in Hebrews 10, “it can never” and “it is impossible”, etc.

    But think of the eikon, bursting in full color and detail, and the phrases connected with this . . . “once for all”, “for all time”, “forever”, and “no more”.

    The Lord Jesus Christ, the Melchizedek High Priest, the glorious, preexistent Son of God – this Man is the eikon of God, drowning out all the continual liturgy of the Old covenant priests.

    Paul writes, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” In the face of Jesus Christ is the piercing light of the knowledge of the glory of God.

    Elsewhere, he also writes that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.

    (1) In considering this topic of Jesus being the charakter (Heb. 1:3) and the eikon, I don’t get terribly excited over the shadows – the temple, the priestly work, etc. and etc.

    (2) I don’t believe that the Lord desired for the trappings of the Eucharist to be turned into an icon. I agree with Zwingli, Greg. In fact, I wanted to pat him on the back when I saw a statue of him in Zurich.

  3. Todd: So why then the shadow at all? To point to the ikon, obviously. We live in the age of the ikon. (Remember, Hebrews is contra Jewish temple worship, not the worship of the Apostolic Church.)

    Zwingli? Kinda contradicts the Bible doesn’t he? (BTW, the Eucharist is not an ikon. It is the fullness of the true Christ.) Interesting that you and the LDS agree on this anti-realistic view of the Eucharist, a view which contradicts Scripture.

    “Whatever you bind, whatever you loose.”

    “the Church is the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

    “Whoever hears you, hears Me.”

    “I will be with you until the end of the age.”

    “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood…”

    “The cup of bless which we bless, is it not participation in the blood of Christ?….”

    And, of course, the prediction of the Eucharist in Malachi 1:11…

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