When speaking of Christ being the “image of God,” the Trinitarian thought is to try and convince people that the image is God Himself! The Scriptures tell us that God made man in His image. Does this mean that we are God Himself?
An image is a picture that is produced by a camera, artist, mirror, etc.
The Trinitarian teaching is to have us believe that “image” means “manifestation” of God. The word image, in the common use and sense of the word, does not mean “manifestation” of God. An image is a representation separate from the original. There was an image of Caesar on a coin, there is the “image” of the beast in Revelation 2, Christians are changed into the “image” of the Lord Messiah as we reflect his glory (2 Cor. 3:18).
The Trinitarian teaching has changed the ordinary use of the word image to mean more than a “likeness” or “resemblance.”
The word image itself should establish, by its very meaning, that Christ is not the original God. An image is never the same as the original no matter how convincing the Trinitarian argument may be.
When Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” did not mean he claimed to be the Father. Jesus the Messiah was simply like the Father.
The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus the Messiah is the “express image of his person” (Heb. 1:3). “Image” has to do with God’s character. The Greek word “carakter” informs us of this. That Jesus the Messiah is like God (image) shows us that Jesus the Messiah is in fact not God Himself.
Further in the book of Hebrews it also tells us that Jesus the Messiah, after purging our sins by his death, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Note how we are always shown a differentiation between the Man who is “just like” God, and the Being who is God, Himself.