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About-Him.Com Devotional 05-21-2011

Christ is Preeminent in Creation
Text: Colossians 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  

Perhaps it is difficult for us to comprehend how the meek and mild historical Jesus could be the One who spoke this universe into existence, simply by the power of His Word. It is something that we must accept by faith, else we would diminish Him and make Him less than God. Some would make Him a part of God, but scripture assures that He is absolutely fully God. God is invisible and His means of expression to you and I is through the image of Christ. The phrase, “firstborn of every creature” denotes preeminence and inheritance.  

As to His preeminence, Jesus said that all things had been delivered to Him by His Father (Mt. 11:27), and that all power in heaven and earth had been delivered to Him (Mt. 28:18).  

He is a king over all creation (Ps. 2:6). He being the firstborn of God is sitting at the right hand of God, which is the place from whence power is executed. He will be there until all His enemies have become His footstool (Ps. 89:27, 110.1). Peter said that because of His resurrection, Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God (Ac. 2:33). Peter was talking of the place of power. Since God is invisible, His right hand would not be visible. Stephen bears this out when He saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at His right hand (Ac. 7:55). Peter said that He had gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him (1Pe. 3:22).  

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed.

As to His inheritance: His Father loved Him and has given all things into His hands (Jo. 3:35). God has given Him the throne of His father David (Lu. 1:32) and has made Him both Lord and Christ (Ac. 2:36). At His resurrection God set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church (Eph. 1:17-23). Because Jesus, in His humanity, walked perfectly before God, He was given the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Php. 2:9-11).  

Text: Colossians 1:16  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:  

Some would tell us that we descended from tadpoles and monkeys, but I prefer to believe that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and that we were created in His image (Ge. 1:1,26).  

Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these [things], that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that [he is] strong in power; not one faileth.  

Isaiah  44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh all [things]; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

Text: Colossians 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  

Jesus is the eternal Word who was in the beginning with God and who was God. He was made flesh and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (Jo. 1:1,14). By Him all things consist. Things such as the sun’s predictable orbit and the moon’s consistent pull of gravity. How about how the atoms of any given material are bound into their molecular structure? All thing consist by Him, but what if He decided to just let go? It would be total annihilation for the whole universe. Come to think of it, that will come to pass, sooner or later (2Pet. 3:10). Are you ready for a new heaven and new earth?  

Text: Colossians 1:18  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 the preeminence.  

Jesus died and shed His sinless blood that we might become a part of a called out sanctified assembly, more commonly called the church. Every believer is a part of this assembly. Jesus desires to present us to Himself as a chaste bride (2Co 11:2), without spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Eph. 5:27). Jude said that Jesus was able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24). We were bought with a price far greater than silver or gold (1Co. 6:20, 7:23; 1Pet. 1:18-19). Who can set a price on the precious blood of Jesus?  

Revelation 21:27 tells us that there shall in no wise enter into the heavenly city  any thing that defiles, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. That’s a tall order that we can’t fulfill within ourselves. However our great God who shed His own blood (Ac. 20:28) desires to sanctify us wholly and preserve our whole body and soul blameless so that we might be ready to meet Him when He returns (ITh. 5:23; Tit. 2:13)  

1Thessalonians 5:23 ¶ And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:  

Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Next Week: Christ is preeminent in Redemption  

On Another Note:  A couple of things have caught my attention: A misguided Christian broadcaster caused quite a stir when he pronounced May 21 as the beginning of the end of the world. The comics had a field day, but that doesn't change the facts set forth in the bible. The coming of Jesus and the judgment of God are still in God's word.  

Our President has proposed that Israel pull back to it's pre 1967 borders as yet another concession for peace in the middle east. I don't know if he will succeed but at some point a man will appear who will.  

Daniel 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.  
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