Who is Jesus? Colossians 1:15-20

Colossians 1:15-20 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Colossesi 1:15-20 “Egli è l’immagine del Dio invisibile, il primogenito di ogni creatura; 16 poiché in lui sono state create tutte le cose che sono nei cieli e sulla terra, le visibili e le invisibili: troni, signorie, principati, potestà; tutte le cose sono state create per mezzo di lui e in vista di lui. 17 Egli è prima di ogni cosa e tutte le cose sussistono in lui. 18 Egli è il capo del corpo, cioè della chiesa; egli che è il principio, il primogenito dai morti, affinché in ogni cosa abbia il primato. 19 Poiché al Padre piacque di far abitare in lui tutta la pienezza 20 e di riconciliare con sé tutte le cose per mezzo di lui, avendo fatto la pace mediante il sangue della sua croce; {per mezzo di lui, dico,} tanto le cose che sono sulla terra, quanto quelle che sono nei cieli.”

There have been a countless number of books written on the question, “Who is Jesus?” Opinions have mostly been based on what people want to believe. This passage from Colossians addresses very clearly the question that was raised by the infiltrators in the Colossian church.

First, “he is the image of the invisible God.” The word image comes from the idea of looking at a reflection (an icon) in a mirror and basically means a representation of something in substance. Hebrews 1:3 calls Jesus “the exact representation”. Therefore, Jesus Christ is shown in His relationship with God the Father and is the perfect resemblance and representation of God.

Second, “the firstborn over all creation.” We are now told that Jesus Christ is supreme in His relationship to creation. The whole point of the verses that follow point to the supremacy of Jesus over all things. Paul starts with creation, then moves to all types of authorities (visible and invisible), then states that Jesus is before all things, head of all things and holds it all together (in the original language, the literal reading is “in Him all things consist”).

Cults work hard at trying to define Jesus in ways that deny His deity. The unbelieving world strives to diminish the role of Jesus as just another historic cult figure who had His time and is now gone. If all this was true, then the work on the cross was meaningless but to the followers of Christ, Jesus is Lord “in heaven and earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10).

Pray with me: Lord Jesus, I am grateful for the truth that You are Lord over all things. Help me to be strong in the Word and never be persuaded by smooth talkers who deny Your deity.

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