June 9, 2019
"THE PREEMINENCE OF CHRIST – IN THE GOSPEL"
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. [Colossians 1:13-14]
As we begin Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we will quickly see that the key theme is the preeminence of Christ. Here are some other words for preeminence: supremacy, ascendancy, primacy, superiority, incomparability. These all describe Jesus the Christ. He is supreme, ascended, superior, incomparable, and His primacy is over all.
Another word that you will become familiar with in this letter is “all.” “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” “For by Him all things were created…” “All things were created through Him and for Him.” “And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. “He is…the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” [ref. Colossians 1:15-18, bold/italics added]
“Paul used this little word all over thirty times in this short epistle.” [Wiersbe] Jesus is preeminent over all things; a fundamental theme of Colossians.
Below is an outline of Colossians from Warren Wiersbe:
1. Doctrine: Christ’s Preeminence Declared – Chapter1
2. Danger: Christ’s Preeminence Defended – Chapter 2
3. Duty: Christ’s Preeminence Demonstrated – Chapters 3-4
This will provide us a general roadmap over the next several weeks as we delve into the wonderful details of this powerful Pauline epistle.
This morning we will look at the preeminence of Christ in the Gospel message. Not only is the Gospel the good news of Jesus Christ; it is His Word that takes us into a deeper life.
Until the Gospel life was superficial, all about me and what I want; but after receiving the Gospel, life becomes deeper and meaningful, about Him and what He wants. In the latter, nothing compares.
As we invest ourselves in eternal things it makes the temporal things in this life dim, a dynamic that we as Christians must embrace.
It all begins with receiving the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
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