Putting Christ First: Christ, Our New Creation. Colossians 1:15-18

January 30th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Christ, Our New Creation

Colossians 1:15-20

The Lord of All Creation (1:15–18)

  • Paul defines the person and work of Jesus in terms of the Creation
  • He is the image of the invisible God
    • He has made the invisible visible
    • Much like God’s desire for humanity (Gen. 1:26)
  • He is the firstborn of all Creation
    • Not that He was created or born
    • But it represents the ancient concept of birthright
      • Which gave the firstborn a privileged status and responsibility within the family
    • It is an ancient way of saying that Christ is preeminent
      • And thus, He is the means by which the Father created all things (v. 16; see also John 1:1-3; Gen. 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26)
    • And since Jesus is the means by which all is created
      • He is Lord of it all

        • Including both physical and spiritual things
      • Thus, He is in control of every aspect of our lives
        • There is no compartmentalizing
      • And He is the Lord of the Church
        • Dictating and empowering her mission
      • And in His resurrection, He has become Lord of even death

 

The Lord of the New Creation (1:19-20)

  • As God’s people, we must find our life in Jesus

    • Who is fully God (v. 19a)
    • The Author of Creation
  • In Christ, we are able to become part of His new Creation
    • Which comes as a result of His reconciling everything to Himself

      • Bringing us back to a state of peace with God
    • This New Creation is not purely a future event
      • He offers it to us now (2 Cor. 5:17)
      • Started at the Cross
      • Enacted through His blood

 

So What?

  • Do you need to be made new?
  • Jesus is in the business of creating something new
    • And He wants to begin that in us today

Meditation Verse: Colossians 1:19-20

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