Advent: The Song of Christ’s Preeminence: Part Two.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 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. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:15-20).

Balancing the Song of Christ’s Humility from Philippians 2:5-11 is the Song of Christ’s Preeminence from Colossians 1:15-23. Philippians 2:5-11 primarily addresses the doctrine of Christ’s humanity. Colossians 1:15-20 primarily addresses the doctrine of Christ’s Deity. Not only is Jesus Christ completely human, He is also completely God. Both doctrines are biblical and must be held together.

To begin with, we have examined that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation.” Paul continued to write that, “16 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.”

 Paul wrote that by Jesus all things were created. While the apostle is not dismissing the active part God the Father and God the Holy Spirit had in creation, Paul’s emphasis is on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The work of Christ did not begin with His incarnation and three year ministry. Rather, Christ, as the second person of the Godhead, was also actively involved in the creation of the universe.

What did Jesus create? Note that the word created (κτίζω; ktizo) means to create something which had not existed before. That which had not existed before included all things in heaven and on earth including those things which are visible and invisible. From a single cell, to the highest mountain peak, Jesus created it all.

He also created government. This includes throne, dominions, ruler and authorities. These positions of authority not only refer to those which exist on earth but also those which exist in heaven. This includes the angelic host. These political institutions and positions of power are ultimately responsible to Him and for Him.

In chapter four of the Westminster Confession of Faith it states, It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female, with reasonable and immortal souls, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image, having the law of God written in their hearts, and power to fulfill it; and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change. Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.”

The prologue of the Gospel of John (1:1-14) also affirms the active work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, in creation. Meditate upon these familiar words.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

 “All Creatures of Our God and King” is an English Christian Easter hymn by William Henry Draper, based on a poem by St. Francis of Assisi. It was first published in a hymn book in 1919. While not considered a Christmas carol, it grandly speaks of God the Creator: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou, burning sun with golden beam
Thou, silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three-in-One
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All the redeemed washed by His blood
Come and rejoice in His great love
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Christ has defeated every sin
Cast all your burdens now on Him
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He shall return in pow’r to reign
Heaven and earth will join to say
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Then who shall fall on bended knee?
All creatures of our God and King
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.

Soli deo Gloria!

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