Jesus is the Central Message—Colossians 2:4-5
“I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is” (Colossians 2:4-5)
Jesus is the central message; not just of the Bible but of the entire Universe. The most dangerous idea that one can embrace is any message that dethrones Jesus from Him supreme spot in the Universe.
The Supremacy of Christ
Do not be deceived. Do not let fine-sounding arguments derail you from that which is paramount; the message and eternal position of Jesus. Jesus is Supreme. His superiority is demonstrated by the name He holds above all (Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 1:4). And the position he He holds above all (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:32-33; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3; 10:12).
Removing Jesus from His rightful place, is the heresy that was infiltrating the church at Colosse. It was the idea that Jesus was part of it but some other secret knowledge above scripture was still needed. This movement later became known as Gnosticism; a dangerous philosophy that dethrones Jesus from His place above all.
It is only in Christ that the treasures of knowledge are revealed. “...in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2b-3).
Paul’s Argument For Jesus’ Preeminence
- Jesus has rescued us from the Kingdom of darkness (vs. 1:13)
- In Jesus we have redemption; the forgiveness of sins (vs. 14)
- Jesus is the image of the invisible God (vs. 1:15)
- Jesus created all things; in heaven & earth, visible & invisible (vs. 1:16)
- All things were created by & for Him (vs. 1:16)
- He is before all things (vs. 1:17)
- Everything is held together in Him (vs. 1:17)
- He is the head of the Church (vs. 1:18)
- He is the firstborn from among the dead (vs. 1:19)
- God’s fullness dwells in Him (vs. 1:20)
- Everything is reconciled in Him (vs. 1:20)
- His blood brought peace between you & God (vs. 1:20)
- He presents the believer holy, without blemish & free from accusation (vs. 1:22)
- He is the glorious mystery revealed; Christ lives in us which is our hope of glory (vs. 1:27)
- Knowledge of Jesus brings us into maturity (vs. 1:28-29)
- In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom & knowledge (vs. 2:3)
- In Christ the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (vs. 2:9)
- Christ is the head over every power & authority (vs. 2:10)
Our Responsibility is to Embrace Jesus
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:6-7).
We received Christ Jesus as Lord by faith which is how we are to deliberately continue; by faith in His Lordship. We are to let this truth dictate our thoughts and actions. Which is Paul’s very intent with the rest of Colossians 2; he addresses the destructive philosophies we sometimes face and he turns them around to point us back to Christ.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
Today, I pray that you take a moment to thank God for Jesus!
I’d Love To Hear From You!