Colossians 1:17 (NIV): He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.
Paul writes a letter to the Colossians to refute false teachings creeping into the fairly new church in Colossae. Before he barely begins writing, he breaks out into a theologically rich hymn about Jesus Christ starting in verse 15.
So far we've learned that Christ is:
Today, Paul teaches us two more foundational truths about Christ.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
About 8-10 years prior to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, a man named Epaphras planted a church in the community of Colossae. Deceitful teachers began preying on the new believers making them question everything they had learned about Jesus Christ. Before you know it, Epaphras looks around and is stunned by what his church is believing. He heads to Rome to receive counsel from the Apostle Paul, who originally taught Epaphras. The Apostle Paul writes this letter we are studying together to refute the harmful teachings.
And before he barely gets started, Paul breaks out into a theologically rich hymn about the supremacy of Christ starting in Colossians chapter 1 verse 15. I encourage to you to listen to those previous teachings if you haven’t yet.
Yesterday, we learned that Jesus Christ created all things. Paul continues with that idea here in verse 17 with, “He (meaning Christ) is before all things and in him all things hold together”
So, first Paul says He is before all things. Now, that first phrase “before all things” refers to time, not rank. So what Paul is saying here is that before the creation of the universe, Christ existed. There was never a time he did not exist. Therefore, Christ is eternal.
And to refute the false teaching that angels created the universe, Paul emphasizes the word “he” in “He is before all things”, meaning Christ alone and no one else created everything.
Paul continues in verse 17 by saying, “in him all things hold together.” Meaning that not only did Christ create all things but he holds it all together. Without his hand on all creation, everything would just fall apart.
And that word “hold” is in the perfect tense. In other words, Christ (a.k.a. God) has done it forever and he will continue to do it.
So, your Simple Truth for today: So far, we have learned 5 theological facts about Christ from this hymn. Think you remember em? One. Christ is the exact image of God in human form. Two. He is the firstborn. Three. He created all things. Four. He is eternal and Five. He holds everything together.
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