By Joe Slater
Eight times in six verses the apostle Paul used the word “all” relative to Jesus. See for yourself:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father than in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself . . .” (Colossians 1:15-20).Jesus is “firstborn over all creation.” Firstborn connotes His authority and rank, even as King David was called God’s “firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:27). Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18).
Jesus created all things (see also John 1:3 “without Him nothing was made that was made”). All things were made for him, and all things consist in Him (that is, He sustains His creation).
His resurrection from the dead and headship of the church indicate that He is preeminent (occupies first place) in all things. The world does not acknowledge it, but Christians certainly should!
All the fullness (that is, the fullness of Deity, see 2:9) dwells in Jesus. He is the God-Man! Through Him all things are reconciled to God because Jesus’ blood paid the price for our sins.
Truly, Jesus is our all in all!
- Joe Slater serves as minister of the Church of Christ in Justin, TX. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://justinchurchofchrist.com
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