Colossians 1:16 – 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.”
Let me back up one verse to verse 15, which says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
First, we have to answer the He question and the Him question. Who is the “He” and “him” Paul the writer is referring to? Christ
The Colossian church operated under several misconceptions. The false teachers of that time (yes, there were false teachers then) believed the physical world was evil. Because of this belief, they felt God could not have created the world because he would not have created evil. They didn’t believe God would have come to this earth as a true human being in bodily form. They didn’t believe Christ was the son of God. They refused to see the source of salvation as Jesus Christ. Paul as the writer, directly refutes their misconceptions about Christ.
Since we’re looking specifically at verse 16, let’s look at that one a little closer. The false teachers believed the physical world was evil, so they reasoned that God could not have created it. They also reasoned that if Christ were God, the only thing he would be in charge of was the spiritual world. Here’s the thing, and here’s what Paul explained to them as spelled out in my footnote- “all the rulers, powers, thrones, and authorities of both the spiritual and physical worlds were created by and are under the authority of Christ himself. Christ has no equal and no rival. He is the Lord of all.”
Thank God for that, especially in the current state we find our world to be in today. Many can try, many can claim they are the authority, the ruler over all, but that position has been held by someone far greater than any of those people.
Let’s pray this morning. Lord, I’m afraid there are several operating today as if they are the final authority of our lives. God, you are the creator, and you are the sustainer. Lord, you are who I put my hope in. You are who I draw my strength from today. Your son, Jesus Christ, is the true son of God. I believe in what He did for me on the cross. Lord, be with us today and help us to draw closer to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
You might be asking how this has anything to do with the purpose of your life, and that’s ok. We’re taking it step by step. Have a superb day, and rest in the fact that God loves you.
The Teaching Lady