COLOSSIANS‬ ‭1:15-20‬ ‭‬‬

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

Colossians‬ ‭1:15-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In all of scripture, there are fewer more concise statements that sun up the theology of the Bible than these. Everything in the Bible points to Jesus. Whether it points forward or backward, it all points toward him. A Christian who lacks this understanding, lacks understanding at all. Paul highlights this early Christian creed for that reason. Many will come saying that it takes some further but if knowledge about the world to achieve spiritual maturity, but Paul makes it clear that this knowledge is the only, and the deepest knowledge. He covers all bases by noting that Christ is God. That he is the creator. That he is transcendent to time and space. That he has ultimate will and authority. And that our purpose is to glorify him. A Christian who lives without these truths cannot reasonably be called a Christian in any meaningful sense. Jesus is the true north on every Christian compass. This passage explains why we should rely on him in all situations, no matter how grace or small.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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