He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister. [NASB1995®]
Who is this Jesus in whom the Colossians (and we ourselves) have believed? He is not a spirit, a prophet, a teacher, or just a good man. In these verses Paul shows us, beautifully and explicitly, the glory of Jesus our Lord.
He is God, God bringing Himself close to us, making Himself visible. He is the origin, the cause, and the reason behind EVERYTHING, absolutely everything. He is above all, Eternal, and Majestic.
Above all things, He is the origin, the cause, and the reason for our lives. He is the Head of his body, the church. He is our life. He is our righteousness. He is our reconciliation. He sanctifies us. He is our resurrection. He is our hope. He is our everything, because we are His.
This is what the Gospel tells us, of the beauty of Christ, our Maker, making Himself one of us to reconcile us with Him.
Are we remembering, each day, that He is everything that we need, that He, and He alone is sufficient? Are we amazed when we think that the love of God is so great that He became flesh for our sake? God bless you!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Translation By: Emily Stader