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

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, “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.” Today, we examine Colossians 1:17 which says, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

 Colossians 1:17 continues the theme of Jesus Christ exaltation by beginning with the coordinating conjunction “and.” The next phrase contains the two words, “He is.”  This means that Jesus Christ is presently and actively existing.

What follows Paul’s statement that Jesus Christ is presently existing are the words, “before all things.” In continuing the theme of Jesus’ preeminence, we see that Jesus existed prior to everything which exists. Dr. John Walvoord comments that, “The Son’s Creation includes “all” things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. These indicate the entire universe, both material and immaterial.”

 Not only did Jesus exist prior to everything which He created in the past, but in Jesus “all things hold together” in the present. The phrase hold together (συνίστημι; synistemi) means to come into existence in the past and continue to be in existence in the present and the future. All the created universe is in its proper place and arrangement due to the creative and sustaining work of Jesus Christ.

Dr. John MacArthur explains that, “Christ sustains the universe, maintaining the power and balance necessary to life’s existence and continuity (cf. Heb. 1:3).”

Hebrews 1:1-3 says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Songwriters Laura Story and Jesse Reeves wrote of Jesus Christ’s creative work and power in their song Indescribable.

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creations revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming.

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God.
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.

 Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom.

 Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.
You are amazing God.

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same

You are amazing God.
You are amazing God.

 Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

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