The Greatness of Christ
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers 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. -Colossians 1:15-17
I love this passage of Scripture and I pray that this brief discussion of it will be a blessing to those that read it.
Let’s look at the first sentence. It says, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Here we see that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Jesus took on flesh so that he could reveal God in a way that is personal. This is an aspect of God that all other religions can’t give someone. The Chrsitian God created everything and interacts with his creation. That interaction is seen most fully through Jesus the visible image of the invisible God.
The second half of this sentence says that Jesus is “the firstborn over all creation“. Many people will point to this and claim that if Jesus is the “firstborn” then he must have come into existence at some point making him less than God. That is not Paul’s meaning behind this phrase. Other places in the Bible clearly state that Jesus has existed from eternity past (John 1:1). What Paul is communicating is that Jesus is the firstborn in the sense that he is given the privilages that a firstborn would have. The Father blesses his son with what follows when Paul writes, “all things have been created through him and for him.”
This shows the amazingness of Jesus and his greatness in the eyes of the Father. Everything that was made by God was created through the son. Jesus was a part of the creation but that is not where Paul ends it. Paul adds that everything made was “for him”. This is the privilage of the first born. The first born is given what his father owned. That is the same here. Jesus is given all that God has made. Then Paul ends this selection by saying, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Like I mentioned before Jesus isn’t “before all things” in the sense that he simply was created before all things but it shows that he reigns over all things. This is better seen in the following phrase “in him all things hold together”. Jesus doesn’t only rule over creation but he “holds” it together. He is the glue that keeps the creation from falling apart. He is doing mighty works through his sacrifice and his Word to change lives. Jesus is the greatest human to ever exist because he wasn’t like you or I.
He was perfect. He was holy. He defeated sin and death. He was, is, and is to come. He is great!