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February 18th, 2018 - Col 1:15-18

               Daily Devotional <> February 18, 2018 <> Sunday

                Christ the first born <> Colossians 1:15-18

                 Point of Contact <> Bro Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul interrupts his description of his prayer for the Colossians with a song of praise. These verses are generally recognized as an early Christian hymn celebrating the supremacy of Jesus Christ.

 

   Firstborn could devote a priority in time or in rank. This word “firstborn” does not describe Christ as the first being created in time because the hymn proclaims that all things were “created by Him” & that “He is before all things.” Jesus was before all creation “always was.” “always is” Being firstborn referred more to rank & privilege than to order of birth. Since Christ is God, He is supreme in rank over all creation. He is not only the one who created us: He is the One who died for us (Philippians 2:6-18); & on the third day was raised from the dead. So, He is also the firstborn from the dead (V:18), the first one who experienced the true resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20)

 

   This early Christian hymn emphasizes the superiority of Christ over all creation. Christ created it all. (all things were created through Him & for Him) (Hebrews 1:2} where Christ is said to be heir of all things”) Nothing can be compared with the glory of His new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). All things are held together by Him.

 

   Following the celebration of Christ's authority over all creation, this early Christian hymn proceeds to proclaim His authority over the church. He is head of His own body, which is the church. No one should underestimate the significance of the church, for it is in fact Christ's body. The sovereign Creator of the universe, as head of the church, provides leadership & oversight over it. No wonder He is so jealous for it

(1 Corinthians 3:16, 17) Do you not know that you are the temple of God & that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. Christ's resurrection guarantees that the church will one day be resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:12-28)