Sunday, February 12, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

His Pre-eminence

Colossians 1: 15-24

Sharon Josh
Long Island MTC, NY

17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is described in several different ways and numerous times, all of which describe His pre-eminence.  Why do prophets and disciples reiterate His excellence? As human beings we often lose sight of what is important, why we are here on this Earth, our purpose, our blessings, etc. We get so wrapped up in our day-to-day activities and become robotic. The Word, our teachers, and the grace we experience from God, are all key to bringing us back to our spiritual awareness.

It seems Paul is writing this letter to the church at Colossae about the supremacy of the Son of God to redirect their focus on what is true. There were some serious issues of false teachings, also known as the “Colossian Heresy” occurring in Colossae. These false teachers were demeaning the divine power of Christ and teaching the people of Colossae that He is not God. Paul’s goal was to encourage and teach the Church that there is only one God who is the Creator and Redeemer.

When the power to guide and educate falls into the wrong hands, it can be dangerous. Individuals who yearn to learn can be molded and inspired according to their teacher’s motives. Everyone in this world has a view on what is true, what is wrongful, what is dangerous, or what is good.  Paul wasn’t writing this letter to force the Church at Colossae to accept what he was saying, instead he was simply reminding them of the God they knew and allowing them to make the choice of what they believe is true. Like the Church at Colossae, we as Christians have a choice. If we want to experience the glory of God, we have endless opportunities to do so. Once we embrace and dwell upon the Word, the Scripture becomes this beautiful piece we cannot tear ourself away from. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together...God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (ESV Bible, Col. 1:17,19-20).” A God so readily available to us is a God who encompasses love in inconceivable ways. The only thing He asks for in return is for us to live a life of humility, faith, and love.


Heavenly Father, we thank You for letting us delve into Your Word and explore how magnificent and excellent You are. Give us the courage and ability to express Your love in our every action. May the Scriptures serve as an incentive to see growth in all aspects of our lives. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

In everything we do, let’s remember that because of our Lord and Saviour, we are able to experience love, Grace, and hope. We have the greatest example of all and He gives us the inspiration to thrive as Christians.