COLOSSIANS 1:19-20: “God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ. God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ’s blood sacrificed on the cross.” (GW)
OBSERSVATION: Who is Jesus? This is the most important question anyone can ask. The answer to this question will determine our course for life. If Jesus is simply a good teacher, we have the choice of listening to him or choosing another teacher whom we prefer. If Jesus is merely a misguided religious zealot, we have the right to dismiss him as just another of many sincere but misguided leaders. However, if Jesus is more than that, if He is truly God in human flesh, then we must humbly listen to and obey His teaching and commands. The eternal destiny of our lives is wrapped up in this question!
Paul does not hesitate in the book of Colossians to answer this question. Jesus’s Christ was not just another man, just another teacher, just another devout Jew – Jesus Christ was God incarnate! He did not come as just a representative of God, He came as the fullness of God in human flesh.
The Bible never uses the term “trinity” that we have come to know, however, the idea of a triune God is evident throughout the Bible – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son, Jesus Christ, did not simply represent one third of the godhead – but He clearly proclaimed and exemplified in His life the fullness of the godhead to all mankind. And, in HIs sacrifice for sin, it was not simply one third of the godhead participating in the redemption of man, it was the fullness of God making peace through the blood of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Paul continues to show us the wonder and the glory of the fullness of God manifested in the life of Jesus Christ.
- “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15 GW)
When Jesus taught and said, “You have heard it said, but I say unto you…”, this was the very heart of the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit speaking to us. We did not simply get a glimpse of God’s glory and truth in Jesus Christ – we received the full image of the invisible God. And it through Jesus Christ that we can now be forgiven and restored into God’s original purpose for our lives in creation – becoming sons and daughters of the living God!
- “He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Whether they are kings or lords, rulers or powers— everything has been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16 GW)
Jesus is the Creator of all things! In the beginning we see the fullness of the Godhead at work. The Word of God (logos), Jesus, brought all things into existence. The Father, by the Spirit created all things both for Him and through Him! When God said – “Let there be light…”, it was the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, bringing all things into existence through the Spirit of God at the Father’s command!
- “He existed before everything and holds everything together. He is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:17-18 GW)
Before God became flesh and dwelt among us, the Eternal Word (logos) existed (John 1:1). He was never created, but was before all things. It is the Word that holds all things together. When the Eternal Word humbled himself and became a man (Jesus), lived a perfect life, took our place of penalty for sin by dying on the cross, He became the final payment for sin and the open door for life to everyone who would believe. As a result Jesus has been given a name above all names, and He has been given the place of preeminence. It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
Why is this so important? Because Paul reminds us – “He existed before everything and hold everything together…”. The only one who can keep our lives together is the one who created our life! The only one who can redeem our lives from the power and penalty of sin, and free us from the final sentence of death, is the one who took our place and rose again defeating sin and death! The only one who can align our priorities and keep us on the right track for life, is the one who alone holds the place of preeminence and glory. Without Jesus we are adrift from both God’s creative purpose and His redemptive purpose for our lives.
The mystery of the Gospel is that we can enter into a living and personal relationship with this wonderful Creator – by grace through faith. When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, when we believe in His death and resurrection, when we surrender to Him as our Lord and Savior – He comes into our lives through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and we become united with the fullness of the godhead once again – and are destined for glory! This is a truth that is so deep we can ponder it for the remaining days of our lives and still not fathom the depth and wonder of His love!
Yet – it is a truth worth embracing, pursuing, and pondering each and every day of our lives!
In Jesus Name!