May 19 2021
Today, Wednesday May 19
Who Is Jesus Christ? Colossians 1:15-17 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
I believe that the question of all questions, the question of the ages is, “Who is Jesus Christ?” And my friend, if you have the correct answer to that question it should pretty much settle everything else that really matters in life.
The gnostic teachers that had infiltrated the church at Colossae were teaching that Jesus Christ was less than God and had dethroned Him. They were very confused about creation. And so Paul explained the fourfold relationship of Jesus Christ to Creation first.
Jesus existed before Creation (v. 15). Jesus is the “firstborn” referring to place and status, not to time. Jesus is the very image of God, an exact representation and revelation of the Father God.
Jesus created all things (v. 16a). Since Christ created all things, He Himself is uncreated. The word for that introduces this verse could be translated "because." Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of all because He created all things. It is no wonder that the winds and waves obeyed Him, and diseases and death fled from Him, for He is Master over all. "All things were made by Him" (John 1:3). This includes all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible. All things are under His command.
All things exist for Jesus (v. 16b). Everything exists in Him, for Him, and through Him. Jesus Christ is the Sphere in which they exist, the Agent through which they came into being, and the One for whom they were made. And that includes you and me!
Jesus holds all things together (v. 17). Because "He is before all things," He can hold all things together. Again, this is another affirmation that Jesus Christ is God. Only God exists before all of Creation, and only God can make Creation cohere. To make Jesus Christ less than God is to dethrone Him.
My friend, this is a Jesus you can trust for your eternal salvation and you can depend on every day to meet every need in your life! Please believe and put your faith in Him today!