Colossians 1:16-18 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; THAT IN ALL THINGS HE MIGHT HAVE PREEMINENCE (to be first; to hold first place; have superior status).”
The book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul to address a heresy that had arisen in Colossae, corrupting the church. The heresy and philosophies of men created a limited and false view of Jesus’ humanity and deity. He refutes the false philosophy by unveiling Christ’s supremacy and preeminence in all things. There is not one part of life or one molecule in the universe that Jesus Christ should not permeate with His presence, wisdom, righteousness, and dominion including politics. Giving Him preeminence is in effect giving His Word preeminence or putting it as the final authority to settle all issues. He is to have preeminence over all philosophies, traditions, doctrines of men, political parties, race, gender, sexual issues, socio-economic class issues, and all ideologies.
The revelation of Jesus having preeminence in all things is directed in its focus to two persons:
1. The Lord Jesus Christ who is to have the preeminence;
2. The Christian who is to give Him the preeminence.
Although Jesus has the right to preeminence in the Christian’s life, it is not always given to Him. The principle rule He operates by is to allow man to yield to His preeminence (Human choice). People by choice often give preeminence to someone or something else. When the Lord Jesus Christ does occupy the place of preeminence in all things three things will become clear in the priority structure of every relationship:
There is a LOYALTY AND LOVE to Him 1st;
There is OBEDIENCE to Him 1st;
There is complete SUBMISSION to His will 1st.
Colossians 1:12-21 explains the reasons why pre-eminence is due Him:
1. He redeemed us v. 12-14.
2. He is the image of the Invisible God v. 15.
3. He is before all, above all, and over every creation v. 16.
4. By Him and for Him were all things created v. 16.
5. He existed before all created things v. 16, 17.
6. By Him all things consist and are sustained v. 17.
7. He is the Head of the Body, the Church v. 18.
8. He is the beginning and first born from the dead v. 18.
9. In Him all fullness dwells (all God-all Man) v. 19.
10. His body and blood on the cross reconciled us 20, 21.