The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.
This passage in Paul’s letter to the Colossian church teaches that Jesus is to have the place of honor and authority. And that honor and authority is to be seen in all aspects of your life.
The letter to the Colossians was written at approximately 62 AD. At the time it was written the firstborn son was recognized as a very special person in the household. His deserved honor placed second only to the father’s place as head of the household. The firstborn son received his place of authority in the home, under the leadership of the father.
In this passage, Colossians 1:15-17 states that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. It is not saying that Jesus was created first. After all, Jesus is God the Son. The reality is that Jesus was not created first, simply because He was never created. He has always existed with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. What Paul is describing here is the position which Jesus occupies in all creation.
He, as the firstborn Son is worthy of honor above all others except God the Father. He does carry that role with all authority. Near the end of His disciples, he said this to them: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”, as recorded in Matthew 28:18.
As followers of Christ, we do not have the ability to give Him authority in our lives. He already owns this position of authority. Our response to His command is to willingly acknowledge the authority Jesus already has in our lives.
We should ask ourselves daily: What can I do to give the greatest honor to my Lord Jesus Christ today? How can I more fully submit to His authority in my life?
Gary’s Wednesday Word 26 May 2021 Princeton Christian Church