Summary: God’s Word tells us that Christ is infinitely superior to all others, and therefore should be first and foremost in the life of the Christian.
Christ, The Preeminent One
Text: Col.1: 18
Intro: I have heard some very well meaning people make the statement, “The Lord is a big part of my life.” We all know what is meant by that statement, and certainly would find it somewhat commendable. But too often that statement is very literally true in many Christians’ lives. They tend to view Christ as only a part of the whole. He is only a part of their life.
The fact is; Christ does not wish to be merely a part of our life, but to be the essence of it—to be the life itself. Paul even says as much in Colossians 3: 4a, where he refers to Jesus as, “Christ, who is our life.” Put another way, we might say that Christ is not satisfied with being a part of our life; He wants to be preeminent in our life.
But what does it mean for Christ to be preeminent in one’s life? The Greek word translated “preeminence” in our text, means, “to be first,” and carries the idea of supremacy and superiority (W.E. Vine, M.A., An Expository Dictionary Of New Testament Words, published by Fleming H. Revell Company, New Tappan, New Jersey; Vol. III, pg. 203). In essence, Christ should be before all and above all in our life—first, foremost, and supreme in every aspect of our life.
In this message I not only want to explain the preeminence of Christ, but by so doing, give glory and honor to Jesus for Who He is. He is the Preeminent One.
Theme: Christ is:
I. PREEMINENT IN HIS PERSON
A. Christ Is Sovereign.
NOTE: The word “sovereign” means, “above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme” (Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, and David B. Guralnik, Editor in Chief Emeritus, Webster’s New World Dictionary Of American English, published by Webster’s New World Dictionaries, New York, New York, copyright 1988; pg. 1283).
1. His very name is given royal preeminence.
Phil.2: 9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
NOTE:  Your name should be one of your most prized possessions, since it says something about who you are. Robert E. Lee, of Civil War fame, understood the importance of a good name.
After the American Civil War the managers of the infamous Louisiana Lottery approached Robert E. Lee and asked if he’d let them use his name in their scheme. They promised that if he did he would become rich.
Astounded, Lee straightened up, buttoned his gray coat, and shouted, “Gentlemen, I lost my home in the war. I lost my fortune in the war. I lost everything except my name. My name is not for sale, and if you fellows don’t get out of here, I’ll break this crutch over year heads!”
 There may be many names that are held in honor; but none of them is worthy of the honor and reverence due the name of Jesus. One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil.2: 10-11).