Tuesday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Colossians 1:17-19

The Preeminence of Christ, Continued

There is so much in these few verses that one devotion could not contain the wealth of biblical teaching concerning the majesty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So today we pick up with verse seventeen: “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  We are still talking about Christ as the agent through whom the Father created the world which is also discussed in John 1:1-4, 9-10, Hebrews 1:1-4, and Proverbs 8:22-31.  But now a new dimension of the discussion enters the picture, for now we discover that Christ is not only the logic and reason and plan of the universe through whom the Father created all things visible and invisible, he is the very “glue” that holds the universe together!  We tend to think that the world simply, well, is—that it is in some sense eternal; things come and go but there shall always be a world.  Not so.  It is not enough that the world be created; it must be sustained.  Someone must hold everything together so that (shall we suggest) those protons in the nucleus of the atom which naturally repel one another stay together.  The fact is that there is no reason that the world should be so for another day except for the fact that it is so willed to be, and the Person of that willing we call God.  And here we discover that the agency of His will that it be so is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Having discussed beginnings, Paul moves to more recent happenings: “He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”  This is the Apostle’s manner of speaking of our Lord’s resurrection.  Prior to Jesus, no one had ever risen from the dead; the souls of the dead went to their respective places, but their bodies returned to dust. Not so our Lord; his body did not see decay (Psalm 16:9-10).  And it is his resurrection which guarantees ours. Thus, Paul puts together our Lord’s being the “firstborn of creation” with his being the “firstborn from the dead,” which is why he is “Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). 

And then Paul adds, “For in him, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”  This is a fullness that is his by nature as Son of God and by the Holy Spirit as the Son of Man (John 3:34).  What more can be said?  The only one beside the Father is the Son, who is now literally seated at His right hand.  Only he who is at the Father’s side has made the Father known to us (John 1:18), only he who is closest to the throne is worthy to open the seals (Revelation 5:6-7).  This is the Savior whom we adore: “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8).

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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