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.

Picture By Kevin Andy

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!


About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on October 24, 2011, in Christianity, Theology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man(…) Romans 1:23a

    what’s with the caricature “By Kevin Andy”? who gives you permission to align the greatness of Christ with an image painted by man!!?

    • Here is what Romans 1: 21-23 says:

      For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him,but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”

      Where in my post did I ever “align” the greatness of Christ with the image on the post? The greatness of Christ cannot be housed in an image and I was not attempting to do so. You need to prove that I “did not honor him as God or give thanks to him“.

      If my post was not honoring to him or giving thanks to him then you have ground to stand on. Otherwise you are standing on quick sand.

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