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).
Jesus is our Lord and Savior by virtue of His redeeming work on His Cross. There is nobody like Jesus and no one who deserves to be given preeminence in our lives. He holds a position no one in the universe holds for He is Lord of Creation and Head over the Church. Colossians 1:18 uses the phrase, “… that in all things He MIGHT have preeminence,” implying it isn’t always the case in actual day to day living. This revelation of Jesus having preeminence in all things is directed in its focus to two persons:
- The Lord Jesus Christ Who is to have the preeminence (He earned it and the Father has highly exalted Him).
- The Christian who is to give Him the preeminence (We honor Him in what He did for us).
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 (by human choice). People by choice often give preeminence to someone or something else. Everyone has something they give preeminence to but it isn’t always Jesus. Sometimes it is popular opinion, family, friends, or their own opinions and ideas.
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 SUBMISSION to His will 1st;
There is complete OBEDIENCE to His Word 1st.
Preeminence makes His Word final authority of what you look at to decide what you believe, what is right, and how to behave. If what we believe and what we do is to be pleasing to God then we must follow the authority He has given to us which is His Word. Jesus is Lord and has preeminence when His Word is Lord and is given preeminence. This preeminence doesn’t mean only once a week on Sunday or in a few areas of our life. It means every day, all the time, and in everything. In all you plan to do, give Him His preeminence.