Colossians 1:15-23 is one of my absolute favorite passages in all of the Bible. It is such a robust and clear description of who Jesus is and what that means for us as his people! I use it quite a bit when we have the opportunity to highlight the “Christ” section of our liturgy. This week it was a pre-cursor to singing “Before The Throne” and the two go incredibly well together. I pray that it was a rich and encouraging time for us as a church body. If you missed it, the passage is below and you can find a similar version of what we sang HERE.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[f] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[g] under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
It is good for us to turn to Jesus, proclaim who HE IS, and then immediately embrace who WE ARE IN HIM!