“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 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”
(Colossians 1:15-20 NIV).
What a powerful passage. God, the Son is the image of a God we cannot see except in Jesus Christ. The fullness of God dwells in Him. He is the firstborn or the highest ranking, unique. He created all things, visible and invisible, in the beginning. And He is not created, but existent in heaven and earth before creation. Let me pause here to recognize that many people didn’t know that Jesus created all things and is His identical image.
But I love the fact that in Him “all things hold together.” The King James says in Him all things “consist.” Scientists say that there is a molecular-magnetic force of gravity holding everything together, you know, Superglue. It reminds me of the joke of a scientist and God having a contest to make man. The scientist picks up a lump of clay and God says, “make you own mud.” Right, so what is gravity, and who made it? Scientists say molecules just grew out of evolution. But who created the first atom?
I read and believe that Jesus is the head of the church and all things; He is supreme. He is not the caricature that is created of Jesus being just a man with wisdom and a friend or buddy. No He is in charge.
Yet He has “reconciled” all things to Himself through His sacrificial death on the cross. He has allowed each of us to have peace with God once again because our sin had separated us from Him. He has given us His goodness or holiness and peace when believing in Him as Savior and Lord of the universe and of each of us.
There are other descriptive passages in Scripture about Jesus, but I believe that this passage is the strongest in identifying who He is and therefore who He is not. We have a choice to believe this statement and live, or not and die spiritually.