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The Preeminence of Christ (12 of 12)
December 14, 2003
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul represents Jesus Christ in such a way, and with such language that in every respect He might occupy the chief position. Christ is magnified in His unique position as the Lord Jesus Christ.
As a result of His death and resurrection, Jesus has come to have first place in everything. Paul summarizes for emphasis in v.18. He wants to drive home the point as forcefully as he can that Jesus is not merely another emanation (come forth) from God. He presents Jesus as the One who reigns supreme over the visible world, the unseen world, and the church.
The miracle of this truth is seen in v.21
Colossians 1:21, "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled."
The Colossians had also been hostile in mind; hateful; unbelievers are not only alienated from God by condition; but also hateful of God by attitude. They hate Him and resent His holy standards and commands because they are engaged in evil deeds. Scriptures teach this principle clearly in John 3:19-20, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
Their problem is not ignorance, but willful love of sin. Paul, writing to the church in Rome, said that although "that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them." (Romans 1:19), they "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18)
Back to Col. 1:15-20, this passage is referred to as the "Hymn to Christ." It is in the context that we clearly see that Jesus is Lord of Creation and the Lord of the New Creation. The terminology "hymn" does not demand that this was sung in the congregational worship. It could mean that it was a ...
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