- Colossians 1:16-20
- Col 1:16 (KJB)
- For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,
or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things
were created by him, and for him:
- Created and were created - Formed or shaped - The word in Greek is used
only of God and His creative activity
- Thrones - Seat of power
- Dominions - Lordship, authority, or mastery
- Principalities - Rule, domain, or sphere of influence
- Powers - Authorities
- In verse 15 Paul told us that Christ was the firstborn of creation, that
is He has the preeminence over all creation and in this verse we are given
the reason why He has the preeminence. Jesus is the Great Creator of all
things. All the things which were created upon earth and all those things
which are created in the heavens were created by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those things that are visible such as sun, moon, stars, humans were created
by Christ. Those things which are invisible such as the angels were also
created by Christ. Then Paul goes on to say that Thrones, dominions,
principalities, and powers were also created by Christ. They represent the
seats of power which could refer to the angelic order in heaven, whereby
certain angels have certain tasks, as we see interspersed throughout the
book of Revelation. These can also refer to those who are set up in
authority on earth, since both realms are in view.
(Rom 13:1 KJV) Let every soul be subject unto
the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God. There is no government on earth
outside of the authority of Christ. Christ created these things not just for
the purpose of creation but He created these things for Himself. A verse
like this would have directly contradicted the Gnostic denial of Christ
being deity. It is teachings like this which makes up the essence of the
Book of Colossians.
- Col 1:17 (KJB)
- And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
- Before - A preposition which is normally used to denote time
- Consist - Exist
- Paul builds upon the creation authority of the Lord Jesus Christ by
stating that Christ was preexistent before He created the world. The
Gnostics had taught that Christ was created at His human birth and He did
not have a preexistence. (Gal 4:4 KJV)
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law, Notice in Galatians
4:4, we read that God “sent forth His Son.” If Christ did not exist before
the world was created, then how could God “send” His Son. If there was no
preexistence, then the passage should read “God created His Son.” How could
God send someone who did not exist beforehand? This lie that Christ was
created at His human birth is still alive and well today and many believe
it. Not only was Christ before all things but the entire creation continues
to exist by His power. If not, the earth would probably have orbited right
into the sun and been destroyed but since the power of Christ guides this
universe, we can be confident that we will not spin off into space or suffer
some other catastrophe destroying the whole human race.
- Col 1:18 (KJB)
- And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things
he might have the preeminence.
- Head - The authority
- Of the body - A living body
- Beginning - Origin
- Firstborn - In this instance He was the first to rise from the dead
never to die again
- The preeminence - Holding the first place
- Just as Christ rules and reigns over the natural creation, here we are
taught that he rules over the new creation, which is the church. He is
called the head of the body and that means He is the authority, not a
authority, but THE authority over the church. Just like the human head
directs the rest of the body through the brain, Christ directs the church.
It is through the church that Christ performs His purposes here on Earth. We
are taught that He is the originator of the church and of everything else
which exists on earth, both natural and physical. He is called the firstborn
from the dead, that is, He was the first to rise from the dead and never to
see death again. Lazarus, although raised from the dead, died again but
Christ is never to die again. That is the great promise to the believer that
before the Lord returns, if we die, we will never again face death for all
eternity. Then finally in this verse, Christ is the authority and as a
result He is to have preeminence in all things, that is, in all the earth
and especially in the eternal church which was redeemed by His blood. He is
first in rank, honor, and to be worshipped.
- Col 1:19 (KJB)
- For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness
- For it pleased - Delight in, approve, or consent
- Fulness - That which makes something complete or something that fills
- Dwell - Reside in or indwell
- God the Father had planned that all His fullness would dwell in the Lord
Jesus Christ. It is interesting that the term “fullness” is used. This was a
Gnostic term which carried with it the idea of divine emanations or
intermediary beings which they believed had controlled people’s lives.
(1 Tim 2:5 KJV) For there is one
God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Timothy 2:5 teaches us that there is only one mediator
between God and man. The Roman Catholic institution attempts to make Mary a
mediatrix but that belief cannot stand up to the scrutiny of Scripture. The
new age movement tries to make demons, which masquerade as ascended masters,
their intermediaries but these too are failures and will lead only to
eternal damnation. We must look at the fullness that Christ has as being
omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence which are three major attributes
- Col 1:20 (KJB)
- And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him
to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether
they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
- Having made peace - Peace with God thus ending the hostility
- To reconcile - Reconciliation of a former relationship
- When Adam and Eve had sinned, this caused man to become spiritually
dead. From the foundation of the world, there has always been the Elect of
God whom Christ came to save. Until the time that we become saved, we are
also children of wrath and are at enmity with God.
(Eph 2:3 KJV) Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires
of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even
as others. Once Christ went to the cross, by His
blood, He had reconciled the Elect of God back to God.
(Rom 5:1 KJV) Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 5:1 states that those who are saved have peace
with God. Those who are not the Elect of God are still at enmity with God,
that is, they are still the enemies of God. Therefore those who are
reconciled unto God are brought into the same fellowship Adam and Eve had
before they sinned, and that is why the word in the Greek for “reconcile”
means “a reconciliation of a former relationship.” At this point it is only
the Elect of God which has been reconciled but the rest of creation must
wait until the second coming of Christ for their restoration.
(Rom 8:22 KJV) For we know that the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Christ is going to remake the entire creation and that
means sin will never have its power over man or the earth again. Sin
affected the animal kingdom also as we see how vicious animals can become.
At one time they ate vegetation but now they will eat each other. The cross
was the reconciliation factor for the entire creation.