The Preeminence of Christ


The Preeminence of Christ

Colossians 1:16-17  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.  17  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

By the word of God (Jesus) all things have been made and all things consist. This expresses the oneness of God and the Son.

In the beginning verses of the book of John the author describes how the word became flesh “In the beginning was the word (Jesus) and the word was with God and the word was God” (see John 1:1-4)

Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. God made himself known to us in the person of Jesus Christ in order that we may be redeemed, by Christ, the anointed one. He came to reconcile the world unto Himself. Not all of the world will be saved but, his redeeming power was for all mankind.

All things were created by him, and for him. He places angels in subjection to Christ, that they may not obscure his glory, for four reasons: In the first place, because they were created by him; secondly, because their creation ought to be viewed as having a relation to him, as their legitimate end; thirdly, because he himself existed always, prior to their creation; fourthly, because he sustains them by his power, and upholds them in their condition. At the same time, he does not affirm this merely as to angels, but also as to the whole world. Thus he places the Son of God in the Highest seat of honor, that he may have the pre-eminence over angels as well as men, and may bring under control all creatures in heaven and in earth. –John Calvin

 

Let’s look at how Jesus is expressed in the letter to the Hebrews, Hebrews 1:1-4  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  2  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world(Jesus is the living Word).  3  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  4  having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

The word of God became FLESH (a human being) and dwelt among us, did not sin, died for our holiness and purity and was glorified by the Father and is set down at His right hand.   The Creator and the Son reign together and as we continue in our seeking of God’s promise for us we will also reign with Him.

 

Do you believe in the power of God’s word manifested upon the earth? Does Jesus reign in you mortal life?  Think on these verses, and what role Jesus is in your personal life?

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