Colossians 1:16-20

In Colossians 1:16-20 Paul reminds us of a vital truth – God created everything. And Jesus is the author of ALL creation. He Himself is not a created being. When we behold the wonder and the glory of the world Jesus created, we worship and honor Him all the more. “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.” Robertson explains “The permanence of the universe rests on Christ far more than on gravity. It is a Christ-centric universe.” It all was created through Jesus with no exceptions.

Jesus was before all things. “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Clarke explains “As all creation necessarily exists in time, and had a commencement, and there was an infinite duration in which it did not exist, whatever was before or prior to that must be no part of creation; and the Being who existed prior to creation, and before all things-all existence of every kind, must be the unoriginated and eternal God: but Paul says, Jesus Christ was before all things; ergo, the apostle conceived Jesus Christ to be truly, and essentially God.” Jesus was there before all else was created.

And He is the unifying factor and sustainer of all creation. He holds it all together. Clarke continues “Hence, God, as the Preserver, is as necessary to the continuance of all things, as God the Creator was to their original production. But this preserving or continuing power is here ascribed to Christ.” But even further, He is head of the church. “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” He is the one and only source of the church. He is the beginning and is preeminent in His place.

Jesus is where all fullness dwells. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace  by the blood of his cross.” Guzik explains “The ancient Greek word for dwell is here used in the sense of a permanent dwelling. There is an entirely different word used for the sense of a temporary dwelling place. Paul wanted to emphasize the idea that Jesus was not temporarily God, but is permanently God…. The fullness has been put into Jesus Christ. Not into a church; not into a priesthood; not into a building; not into a sacrament; not into the saints; not into a method or a program, but in Jesus Christ Himself. It was put into Him as a “distribution point” – so that those who wanted more of God and all that He is could find it in Jesus Christ.”

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