A few thoughts on Colossians 1:15-20

1 Feb

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 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.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 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.

What jumps out at you? Here’s what jumped out at me.

1) Jesus is creator. That means that he made everything. More than that it means He owns everything and has all the authority. Nothing we have, life, relationships, possessions, was not given by Jesus. Jesus is the original Grace giver.

2) Jesus is sustainer. More than making everything, He holds it all together. That means every second of our continued existence is thanks to Him. Without him it would all be down to us. Luckily it’s not. Jesus is a continuing Grace provider.

3) Jesus is revealer. He makes an invisible God visible. No one has seen the Father except Jesus and He has made Him known. Without Jesus we wouldn’t know about God or would we be able to know Him. Jesus is a Gracious eye opener.

4) Jesus is a re-creator. Not only did He make everything, He’s in the process of recreating everything. Through Him the Church exists, His new people. Because He died He’s started to re-create for himself. He’s a Grace birther.

So what? Well knowing that Jesus created, sustains, reveals and recreates should knock any silly notion of self-sufficiency on the head! No area of our life is not owned and kept by Him. No relationship is outside His remit. Our lives, possession, relationships and churches are His, not ours. We should use them as such. For His Glory.

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