First Place in Everything

Scripture:  Colossians 1: 12-20

With joy we give thanks to the Father, who qualified you to share in the inheritance of the kedoshim in the light. 

13 He rescued us from the domain of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves.  14 In Him we have redemption–the release of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created– in the heavens and on earth, the seen and unseen, whether thrones or angelic powers or rulers or authorities. All was created through Him and for Him. 17 He exists before everything, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, His community. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead–so that He might come to have first place in all things. 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace through the blood of His cross– whether things on earth or things in heaven. tlv

Observations: Do you know that you were rescued from “the domain of darkness?”  For those who have been Christians from their youth, they may not realize as fully as some with dark testimonies, but nonetheless, you too have been rescued from the domain of darkness!  And then transferred into “the kingdom of His beloved Son, “in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin’s.”  Paul then follows with some solid theology of who Christ is in relation to God.  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Jesus looks like God, His Father whom we haven’t seen.  Imagine that!  A son looking like His Father.  I’m being facetious.  This is a confirmation and is exactly as we would expect it to be.

This passage reminds me of the Hymn, “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”.  The first stanza reads, “Immortal, Invisible, God only wise, In light in accessible hid from our eyes.  Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious—Thy great name we praise.” When we possess a correct theology of who God, Christ and Holy Spirit are, we come into a correct understanding of scripture. The Holy Spirit is our mentor (John 16:13), the One who has been sent and given to us, to lead and guide us into all truth. 

Then Paul credits Jesus with creation.  “For by Him all things were created, both 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.”  Everything in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, including all rulers, authorities, thrones or dominions, were created by Him, through Him and for Him.”  Did you realize you were created “for Him?”

Do you realize that it was God’s plan, to make Jesus the head of God’s community of followers?  That Jesus is the Alpha and the first born, first fruit from the dead.  When Jesus resurrected, He arose to never die (in the flesh) again.  He conquered death! Why did He do this?  So that He might come to have first place in all things.”  Jesus established His “preeminence” in going to the cross and resurrecting, conquering death, for all time, eternity. All of God’s authority, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, magnificence, dwell fully in Jesus.  And it pleased God to be so. 

The purpose, “through Him (Jesus) to reconcile all things to Himself.”  God made a way for all mankind through Jesus to be reconciled to God.  Reconciliation is the process of restoring relationship between man and God.  You see, Paul continues in this passage to reveal the “why” to the necessity of Christ’s actions. “Once you were alienated from God and hostile in your attitude by wicked deeds.  But now He has reconciled you in Messiah’s physical body through death, in order to present you holy, spotless and blameless in His eyes – if indeed you continue in the faith, established and firm, not budging from the hope of the Good News that you have heard.” 

I hope that this study of 1 Colossians 1:12-23 has helped to establish a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, what He accomplished, why He did what He did and the meaning to your life and to the world. 

Paul even included his own application of this passage.  “This Good News has been proclaimed throughout all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant (slave?).  If you read my journal on “Servant or Slave”, you will understand this entry. 

Application: It is this passage of scripture that led to the creation of First Place Ministries.  It is my desire to mentor men into a daily lifestyle of devotion to Jesus anchored in the study of the Bible. 

Prayer:  Father, may this study, application and prayer serve as a dedication of First Place Ministries to mentor men into a lifestyle of devotion to Jesus and be anchored in the study of your Holy Word.  May the instruction of Your Word serve to be a “lamp unto each man’s path and light unto their feet and may we each hide Your Word in our heart that we might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11,105) In Jesus Name, Amen.  

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