|This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “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..” –Colossians 1:15-16(NLT)
Verses 15 and 16 of Colossians chapter one, is one of the strongest statements made about the divine nature of Christ found anywhere in the Bible. Jesus is not only equal to God, He is God; as the visible image of the invisible God, He is the exact representation of God. He not only reflects God, but He reveals God to us.
As supreme over all creation, He has all the priority and authority. He came from Heaven, not from the dust of the earth, and He is Lord of all. He is completely holy, and He has authority to judge the world. Therefore, Christ is supreme over all creation, including the spirit world.
We, like the Colossian believers, must believe in the deity of Jesus Christ or our Christian faith is hollow, misdirected, and meaningless. This is a central truth of Christianity. We must oppose those who say that Jesus was merely a prophet or a good teacher.