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“…so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
June 19, 2010, 2:19 pm
Filed under: N Letter to the Colossians

Paul described to the Christians in Colosse how, because of Christ and His “all power according to his glorious might,” they can have “all endurance and patience.” As a result who would not want to “joyfully” give “thanks to the Father”! It is because of Jesus Christ and His life that we can now live or walk “worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way”! Our wonderful Jesus wants to live through us! And He can live through us! It is a matter of setting our hearts on Him, setting our minds on Him, seeing Him, knowing Him! Here Paul gives a glorious revelation of Jesus Christ! Read with a prayerful and open heart to our wonderful Lord.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all of his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.”

What in incredible statement of our wonderful and glorious Lord! Do we not realize everything Jesus has done for us? How we need to see Jesus again, to look at our Lord from the gospel accounts, to see Him in His humility and great love for us.

Jesus manifests the invisible eternal God, He expresses the Father. To see His Son we see the Father. It is a mystery of the Triune God, or the Godhead: as the old hymn goes – “God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity.” “He is before all things.”

Jesus says from Matthew’s and Mark’s gospel account: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Jesus says from John’s gospel account: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” John also says: “No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father;” and “”Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.” Also: “I and the Father are one…believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

“All things were created by him and for him.” And He holds “all things…together.” But because of sin and death His purpose was marred. His kingdom of light, of His Son, was marred by darkness and man fell out of relationship with God. And not just man but all of creation. Creation is tied up in the Son. The purpose for creation is His Son. Man, as the image of God, is tied up in the Son. The purpose for man is His Son. When man sinned so went creation. God intended for His Son to “have the supremacy” to show forth His glory and to be glorified. Now only God could resolve the issue of this “dominion of darkness,” only He could reconcile the problem of sin and death that had come upon His creation. The problem was the man. The one who bore His image must now have that image restored and with the man so to creation.

That God the Father would subject His Son, in whom dwelt “all his fullness,” His very life, to the humiliation of becoming a man, the Creator of the universe, to bring us back to Himself, what great love He has for us!

From Philippians: “Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the gory of God the Father.”

So Jesus, God the Son, came to this earth and dwelt among us! His sole purpose was to go to the cross so that “through his blood, shed on the cross” He could rescue “us from the dominion of darkness,” and bring “us into the kingdom of the Son, he loves,” to redeem us (to pay the price for our sin by his death), to give us “the forgiveness of sins,” “to reconcile to himself all things,” including all of creation itself, making peace between us and God. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (Rom 5:1-2) And that’s for starters! By receiving Jesus Christ as Lord, believing in him, we are now a part of Him!

“He is the head of the body, the church.” We are no longer our independent selves, we are now part of an organism called the church, whom He is Head over, not some other leader or anything or something or someone else. He was “the firstborn among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” He died and rose again for us, He is the first Man to be resurrected. No one else has done that for us, He is the Head, the Leader, the One and Only in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells! In His death of His physical body on that cross he has given us a relationship with Himself, “God the One and Only” who is full of “grace and truth.” (John 1) He has made us “holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”!

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:1-2) What a wonderful Savior! We ARE free from sin and death and now live by His spiritual life! “Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

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