Jan. 29, 2021

What Does Colossians 1:18 Mean?

What Does Colossians 1:18 Mean?

Colossians 1:18 (NIV) And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

Beginning in Colossians chapter 1 verse 15, Paul writes that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He is the firstborn, or the supreme authority over all creation. He created all things and holds all things together

Today, Paul is narrowing down his focus from Christ being supreme over everything to Christ being supreme over the Church body.

Listen now to discover what Christ's role is in your life as a member of His Body. 

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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

 In Colossians chapter one, Paul includes a passage that makes some of the most powerful statements in all of scripture about the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. 

 Beginning in Colossians chapter 1 verse 15, Paul writes that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He is the firstborn, or the supreme authority over all creation. He created all things and holds all things together

Now Paul is going to narrow the attention down from Christ being supreme over everything to Christ being supreme over the church as he does here in Colossians chapter one verse 18. “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

Paul points out 2 solid truths about Christ’s supremacy over His Church. 

First, Paul says Christ is the head of the church. Paul uses our human body as a metaphor for Christ’s relationship with the Church. What’s your head do? It controls everything. It gives you life. It directs your actions. In the same way, Christ, as the head of the church body, governs and directs the Church.

 Second, Paul says Jesus is the beginning. He gave life to the church. Which leads to him being, Paul says, firstborn among the dead. Did you notice that word “firstborn?” You may recall from our study of verse 15, that word meant most exalted or supreme. However, here, as the NET Bible explains, it seems to be arguing for a chronological priority, meaning Jesus Christ was the first one to rise from the dead with a resurrection body that will never die. 

 And because he is our head, we are united with him in everything, including the fact that one day we will experience our own glorious resurrection. We will have victory over death. 

 And Paul says that because of all these things we’ve learned from verse 15 to today, Christ holds the preeminent position over everything.

 So your simple truth for today: Christ is the center and source of everything.

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