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Colossians 1:15-20

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, 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.

17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him

The Original Intent

1) What does it mean that Christ was firstborn?  Does it mean He was created?

The idea that Christ was created, and that this verse, and others like it, speak of Christ in physical terms, is a heresy that has deceived many for thousands of years.

What Paul is getting at with the term “firstborn” is the rights and privileges of a firstborn son.  Christ has the right to rule, and He is set to inherit the whole earth. He is the firstborn of all creation, meaning He has all authority over it.

The Everyday Application

1) What does it mean that Christ was firstborn?  Does it mean He was created?

Praise God that He is firstborn from the dead! He was resurrected, which is a promise to believers that one day we will also be resurrected when Christ returns.

Praise Him that He holds all authority over creation, including the minute details of your everyday. 

That’s a God you can safely trust!

The Original Intent

2) What in this passage points to Christ’s deity?

Verse 16 says, “by Christ all things were created” while verse 17 says Christ “holds all things together”. Verse 19 says that all the fullness of God dwelled in Him. 

All of these point to the fact that Christ was indeed fully God.

The Everyday Application

2) What in this passage points to Christ’s deity?

Verse 16 tells us Christ is the image of the invisible God. He is the flesh-and-blood picture of what God the Father is like.

I’m so thankful God put His Son on earth to show us who He is.  

Lord, when I read about Jesus, let me see You in Him! Remind me again of the truth that You are not a “hands-off God”, but you’re intimately involved in my everyday moments!

The Original Intent

3) What in this passage points to Christ’s humanity?

Verse 22 speaks of Christ’s body of flesh, which He chose to “put on” when He came to earth.  Verse 20 speaks of His blood, and verses 18, 20, and 22 speak of his death.

Only a human could have flesh, shed blood, and die a physical death.

The Everyday Application

3) What in this passage points to Christ’s humanity?

The beauty of God’s plan is amazing. He knew only a human could die for humanity’s sins, but only God could live a perfect life and be the perfect sacrifice. 

Therefore, He planned to send His Son, as God, to be the God-man, fully God and fully human, to accomplish His purpose of paying for our sins and reconciling us to Himself.

The Original Intent

4) What is the point of this passage?  What does Paul want us to see about Christ?

Verse 18 gives us a clue to the point of this passage, “that in everything He might be preeminent.” 

Paul describes the deity of Christ, how He created and sustains the world, how everything was created for Him. (verse 16) He points out how Christ’s death has accomplished reconciliation with God and made peace. He also states that Christ is the head of the church. 

All of these amazing things about Christ show us how worthy He is of our praise, devotion, and focus.

The Everyday Application

4) What is the point of this passage?  What does Paul want us to see about Christ?

Paul was making his case to the Colossians that Christ was, and is, preeminent in all things. 

Do you recognize His preeminence in your life? 

Do your priorities display Christ is first, above all things for you? 

Do you recognize He holds all things together, not you? 

What do you need to rearrange to put Christ’s preeminence on display in your life?

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