15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. — Colossians 1:15
The Preeminence of Christ
by Jim Duensing
During the Christmas holiday season, do you sometimes wonder whether you think about Jesus and His divine attributes correctly? Are you unsure about how to consider the fullness of Christ in comparison with God the Father? This may apply to many of us at different times, but perhaps even more so as we move through the Christmas season.
In Colossians chapter 1, the Apostle Paul instructs us how to think about Jesus in His full glory and majesty. Paul declares the absolute supremacy of Christ, and he provides a description of His deity in verse 15 by stating, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Paul wrote his letter to the young church at Colossae while imprisoned in Rome in AD 61. In this letter, Paul sought to instruct the church concerning the true person of Christ in response to some false teachings that had surfaced among its members. He began in verse 15 by clearly establishing the deity and supremacy of Christ. He proclaimed that Jesus was fully divine, and he recognized the power of Christ over all creation.
This scriptural passage confirms that Jesus of Nazareth was the invisible God of the Old Testament, and that He was truly the image of God in human form. His priority rank remains supreme over all the created order of the universe, as He is the “firstborn over all creation.”
We should find comfort in reminding ourselves of these attributes of Jesus throughout the year and especially as we move through the Advent season. The commercialization of Christmas and the images of Jesus as a coddled infant in a manger can distort our view of who Jesus really is. I pray that each of you will find new joy in the true essence and attributes of Jesus this Christmas holiday season.
- What new things might you do during Advent this year to help reinforce with your family and friends the true nature of Christ amid all the commercialization of Christmas in our society today?
- How can you expand your thoughts and worship this Christmas season to provide focus on the many divine attributes of Jesus?
- How can we better honor Christ in our daily prayers and activities this season as we eagerly anticipate the celebration of His birth?
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