“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” Colossians 1:19
by Nick Molick
The preeminence of Christ is something that literally cannot be over stated, we cannot make a big enough deal about the person and power of Christ. Today we seem to make a big deal about anything that is eternally trivial. Just take a look at the top streamed, downloaded or viewed programs and you will see that we like to celebrate and make much of things that really just don’t matter.
At the end of our days we will not be recalling the latest docu-series we saw on Netflix or recounting the last season of whatever innocuous show has been shoved our way. No, something quite different should be going on then. However, establishing some basic facts about whom Christ is, and is not, will help us know Him that much better and we will be able to effectively share His Good News with those around us.
In the verse above Paul states the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Jesus. Let that fact wash over you for minute. God, in his infinite fullness was pleased to dwell in Jesus! What does that mean for us? It establishes in no uncertain terms the power, and deity of Christ and that He was fully God and fully man while here on Earth. So, in addition to the numerous times Jesus uses messianic phrases to refer to Himself, here Paul solidifies the idea that Jesus is God.
Also, in Colossians 1:15 Jesus is referred to as the “firstborn of all creation.” We need to be careful, prayerful and certain about what this means. There are well-meaning believers and those associated with cults who twist this idea to either believe or argue that Jesus was created and/or that there was time when Jesus did not exist. Look at John 8:58. Jesus is telling the Jews about Abraham in the prior verses and this perplexes them because Jesus “is not yet fifty years old.” So how could he have seen Abraham? Christ’s response is an ‘I am’ statement that establishes Him as the Creator God, the unifying, sustaining power in the universe. Jesus is the cause of, and the reason for all of creation, all for His glory. Read Hebrews 1:2-3 where the author once again establishes the creative preeminence of Christ.
So, when we are asked who we think Jesus is we need to have it right because being wrong just a little has eternal consequences. Jesus has always been and always will be. He is the sustaining and unifying power in the universe and no other wayward believer or cult can change that.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 65