Colossians 1:15–17 ‘In him all things hold together.’ (v17)
We reach Paul’s wonderful prose poem, looking at the first part today, which is a hymn about Jesus. We’ll probably never exhaust the ways of describing God’s Son.
Paul says that Jesus is the ‘image of the invisible God’ (v15); this means that He fleshes out that which is unseen.
And in the Son ‘all things were created’ (v16), which points us to how Jesus was there with the Father at the creation of the world.
Even unpacking some of Paul’s dense description can cause us to wonder and worship our triune God.
As you read through the passage, remember why Paul held up the incomparable Son in His glory to the Colossians – they were being misled by false teachers who were questioning whether Christ was enough.
Paul answers the accusation not by being defensive or addressing it specifically, but by reminding the new Christians who they put their faith in when they first believed.
He points to this Man who is also God: He who is the very ‘firstborn over all creation’ (v15); He who has been given all the rights that are assigned to the beloved heir.
This Son was present at creation and in Him all things were made. Thus, the majestic mountains were created through Jesus, and the powerful oceans for Him too.
In Jesus all things hold together – a mind- blowing truth that hints to the creation of the world, the present day, and the future. Jesus was, and is, and is to come, and in Him we find our true selves.
A Prayer To Make:
‘Lord Jesus, You are the firstborn and in You all things have been created. You are before all things. May these truths sink deeply into my being this day. Amen.’
An Action To Take:
Take five minutes to write down as many descriptors as you can about Jesus, then prayerfully ponder them in a spirit of worship and awe.
Scripture To Consider:
Isa. 44:6–7 & 53:1–5; John 1:14–18 & 3:16–18