Supremacy of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the supreme Sovereign of the universe.
Colossians 1:15-20 gives seven reasons why Christ is preeminent.
These verses are at the heart of the epistles main emphasis on the exaltation and
preeminence of Christ.
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God
(v. 15). Jesus is supreme because of His relationship with God the Father. He is the
perfect resemblance and representation of God. God is invisible and unknown except by
self-revelation. In the person of Jesus Christ the unknowable God becomes known.. The very nature and being of God have been perfectly revealed in Christ.
Jesus said, Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father (John 14:9).
Everyone who saw Christ, the visible manifestation of the invisible God, has thereby
"seen" God indirectly. The apostle John who saw
Jesus face to face wrote, No one has ever seen God, but God the only Son . . . has
made Him known (v. 18). Jesus Christ is the perfect visible representation and
manifestation of the invisible God (1 Tim. 1:17). Jesus is the perfect image,
likeness and glory of His Father. He is the exact representation of the
Fathers being (Heb. 1:3). The Son is in the exact likeness of His
Jesus is supreme over all things because He is the firstborn
over all creation (Col. 1:15). He preceded the whole creation, and He is Sovereign
over all His creation. As Creator He has dignity, supremacy, sovereign power over it. As
firstborn Jesus is the Messiah-God (Ps. 89:27-29). Jesus Christ was not
created, but is the Creator who is Sovereign over all His creation.
Jesus is supreme because in Him all things were created
(Col. 1:16-17). All things were created by Him, and for Him, and
in Him they all hold together. Not only is He the final Cause of creation, but
also the conserving Cause that keeps it together. Everything in the universe continues to
exist because of Him (Jn. 1:3; Heb. 1:2; Rev. 3:14). Nothing is to be excluded in His
supremacy in creation. Christ reigns supreme over all creation, visible and invisible,
material and spiritual (Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Phil. 2:9-10; Col. 2:10, 15; Rom. 8:38-39).
Jesus Christ is supreme because He is head of His church (Col. 1:18;
Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23). Paul has in mind the invisible body of Christ into which every
believer was baptized by the Holy Spirit when he believed in Christ as his Savior (1 Cor.
12:13; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:15; 3:4-5; Col. 1:26).
Jesus is supreme because He is the firstborn from among the
dead (Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5). Christ rose from the dead never to die again (1 Cor.
15:20). His resurrection marked His triumph and supremacy over death forever. Jesus
was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead
(Rom. 1:4). He lives for all eternity on the basis of the power of an indestructible
life (Heb. 7:16). Because He lives He is given preeminence and supremacy over all
creation. He is exalted over all creation by God the Father to the highest
place and has been given the name that is above every name . . . to the glory
of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-11). There is no name like the name of Jesus. He is the
Sovereign God of all because He rose from the dead.
Moreover, He is supreme because all the fullness dwells in
Him (Col. 1:19). All the fullness of the Father pleased to dwell in Him.
In Christ Jesus God in all His fullness was pleased to take up His
bode. The Divine nature in all its fullness dwells in Christ. Phillips translates,
It was in Him that the full nature of God chose to live. Another way of saying
it is, For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (2:9).
Fullness means completeness. Paul says the full and complete deity
dwells, abides permanently, and supremely in Jesus Christ. He is the absolute and perfect
Jesus Christ is also supreme because we have peace with God through
His blood (Col. 1:19-23). He has reconciled all things to Himself, having made peace
through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or
things in heaven (v. 20). Jesus is supreme because He is the Reconciler. Through Him
God reconciles sinful man to Himself. For if while we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we
shall be saved by His life (Rom. 5:10). We have received reconciliation through
Jesus Christ. Peace has been made through His blood. We were alienated, strangers, cut off
from God, and the blood of Jesus has reconciled us to the Father. Our reconciliation is
appropriated through faith in Christ. God is not reconciled to us; we are reconciled to
Him by Jesus Christ.
Such preeminence and supreme exaltation of Jesus Christ should cause
us to spontaneously break forth in praise, adoration and worship of our great Savior from
now throughout eternity.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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