Colossians 1:15 “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.”
The Colossians needed to know that the Jesus they believed in was not just ‘another god’ but is truly God Himself.
Almost every cult, every heretical group has claimed that Jesus is “somehow not quite God” or has otherwise denied the Trinity, including the one my Grandparents belonged to and the JW colleague who tried to mess with my head when I was a teacher. That should tell us something of the importance of the FACT that Jesus is truly God. Let us not allow ourselves to doubt that Jesus is 100% Man and 100% God. He is not just a prophet, not just a religious teacher, not just… not just…
The term “firstborn” in v15 is His status, not His origin. The Son of God always existed from before time, and did not appear first as a baby at Christmas. The firstborn is the one who inherits his father’s estate, which is why Paul uses the title for Christ.
These verses show also that there is a whole realm of creation that we do not see, but Jesus is Creator and Lord over that, too.
This also means that when we speak to Jesus, or in Jesus’ name, we speak to God Himself. Jesus is the very ‘glue’ that holds every subatomic particle of the universe together.
There are whole realms of existence we cannot see; countless beings, rulers and authorities both seen and unseen, but every single one is created by and subject to Christ, even if some are currently in rebellion against Him.
What do we do with this? There are too many essential things to count from these verses. That Jesus as Lord, King of the Universe, is foundational to our faith and we must hold onto these truths tightly. This is the reason why we can say that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is ours in Christ (Romans 8:31-39).
One simple thing we can do today: when tempted to become overwhelmed by the ‘stuff’ of life, pause, lift our eyes to the Lord Jesus and consciously put our trust in Him…
LORD JESUS, You are the King above all creation. Nothing can happen outside Your control. I do not see Your purposes for me very clearly at the moment, but You are in charge and You are GOOD. I will praise You, the One who holds the very molecules of my body together. Amen.