In this passage we are presented with many different aspects of the supremacy of Jesus: the Son who shows us what God is like; the one who is supreme over all creation; the one who is the head of the church; the only one who could draw us back into relationship with God.
The scope of his work is universal, “reconciling all things” (Col 1:19,) as well as personal, “reconciled you” (Col 1:22), and both achieved through his sacrificial death on the cross. Not only is this the basis for our reconciliation but also the basis for us being presented to God as holy, without blemish, and free from accusation (Col 1:22).
Much to rejoice in and thank God for – and, in the light of what Jesus has done, we are also challenged to continue and hold on to our faith (Col 1:23).
Reading: Colossians 1:15-23
Some questions to think about:
- What is the significance of the Son preceding and having created everything in heaven and on earth (v16)?
- How much do you think the supremacy of Jesus (v18) is acknowledged and worked out in the global church, in our local church, today?
- How do you respond to Paul’s challenge to “continue in your faith” (v23)?
- Take some time to reflect on, and rejoice in, what God has done, and will do, for you through Christ as outlined in verse 22.