Christ is preeminent in ALL of God’s creation…
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15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen.
We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.
And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end.
From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.
So spacious is he, so expansive, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.
Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.
Christ is the originator of creation (“in Him,” v. 16a)...
“All things”-in every place, of every sort, and of every rank-originated with Him.
God mediated the beginning of life for the entire universe through His Son (cf. John 1:3, 10; Heb. 1:2).
Christ is the Architect of creation.
Paul listed various ranks of angelic beings, namely, “invisible . . . rulers” and “authorities.”
Jesus is eternally existent (an attribute that can only be true of God) because He is before all things.
Jesus is also the powerful Sustainer of the universe. Because of Him all things hold together.
His power guarantees that the universe is under control and not chaotic.
Colossians 1:15-16 is one of the strongest statements about the divine nature of Christ found anywhere in the Bible.
Jesus is not only equal with God (Philippians 2:6), He is God (John 10:30, 38; 12:45; 14:1-11); as the visible image of the invisible God, He is the exact representation of God.
He not only reflects God, but He reveals God to us (John 1:18; 14:9); as supreme over all creation, He has all the priority and authority of the firstborn prince in a king’s household.
He came from heaven, not from the dust of the earth like Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47), and He rules as Lord of all (Romans 9:5; 10:11-13; Revelation 1:5; 17:14).
He is completely holy (Hebrews 7:26-28; 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22; 1 John 3:5), and He has authority to judge the world (Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:1).
Because Christ created all and rules all creation, including the spirit world, we must believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (that Jesus is God).
Without this core belief, our Christian faith becomes hollow, misdirected, and meaningless.
We must oppose the belief that Jesus was merely a prophet, a good teacher, or one of many ways to a relationship with God.
Whatever your need is today, whatever you’re seeking, make it your first priority to seek Christ and to draw closer to Him, because in that Union you will have everything that goes with that relationship!
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Monday, Dec 26
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
THE THREAD THAT HOLDS US
A Danish philosopher tells the story of a spider that dropped a single strand down from the top rafter of an old barn and began to weave his web.
Days, weeks, months went by, and the web grew.
It regularly provided the spider food as flies, mosquitoes and other small insects were caught in its elaborate maze.
The spider built his web larger and larger until it was the envy of all the other barn spiders.
One day, as this productive spider was traveling across his beautifully woven web, he noticed a single strand going up into the darkness of the rafters.
I wonder why this is here, he thought. It doesn’t serve to catch me any dinner.
And with that, the spider climbed as high as he could and severed the single strand that was his sustenance.
When he did, the entire web slowly began to tumble to the floor of the barn, taking the spider down with it.
The apostle Paul wrote that Jesus Christ is before all things…and that in Him all things hold together.
He was present at creation. He is the head of the church. He is the first born from the dead, and it is in Him that all the fulness of God dwells.
When we try to sever our lives from the sustaining thread of Christ, everything falls apart.
Every man or woman who has clipped the strand that unites us with God and sought to find meaning and satisfaction and sense in life has been disappointed.
There is simply no coherence in a life lived out on our own terms with no reference to the divine.
And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
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