SPOKEN PRAYER: Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.
The Supremacy of Christ
by Pastor Dave Mann
This passage in Paul’s letter to the Colossians is an absolute gem. It expresses in just a few short verses and a rich theological treatise on the divine person of Christ. Other passages in the New Testament state the same characteristics of Christ, but in this paragraph, so many of them are assembled in one place.
Take a moment and look up these passages and see how the apostle Paul has woven together in Colossians an accurate description of the nature of Christ.
Colossians’ View of Christ Also Elsewhere in the New Testament
The image of the invisible God Hebrews 1:3
The firstborn over all creation Romans 8:29
All things created in and through him Hebrews 1:2; Revelation 4:11; John 1:3
All things created for him Romans 11:36
He is before all things John 8:58
In him all things hold together Hebrews 1:3
The head of the body, church Ephesians 5:23
The beginning Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13
The firstborn of the dead Revelation 1:5
He has supremacy 1 Corinthians 15:27-28; Ephesians 1:9-10
All fullness of God dwells in him Ephesians 3:18-19
Reconcile all things to himself 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Makes peace through his blood Ephesians 2:13-14
Can you find more than these?
O Lord Jesus Christ, your character far exceeds all that we can imagine. Your name is glorious and you are worthy of all honor and praise. May my life reflect who you are! In your name, I pray and live, Amen.