Who Do You Say That He Is?–Part 3

Here’s part of Paul’s soaring description of Christ in Colossians 1:

“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

These verses are relentlessly preoccupied with exalting Christ in light of who he truly is. Paul asserts that Jesus is God himself, the creator and sustainer of all creation. Moreover, he states that Christ is the purpose behind all created things—they were made “for him.” He is the cosmic King, the goal of everything in existence.

This is an extremely important reminder in the face of the manner in which we may be tempted to think of Christ. Some paint Jesus as an eccentric sage who dispensed memorable sayings. Likewise, the common human inclination to magnify the self can foster a view of Christ as a kind of adviser or equal, someone whose perspective we might consider when we find it convenient or advantageous. Even the justifiable perspective that understands him to be our friend can be skewed to the point that we’re left with a tame, sentimental Jesus.

Yes, the Bible is clear that Christ is the friend of his people, actively engaged in their welfare and constantly willing to respond to their intercessions, all while demonstrating unfathomable love toward them. But this biblical picture of Jesus is balanced, and even made more astounding, by the fact that he is most definitely Christ the Lord. His power, wisdom, glory, and worth are incalculable. And he is completely sovereign over all. The proper understanding and worship of Christ will keep this balance in view.

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