Summary: This is the second in our series, Resolution Revolution. It looks at the Authority we’ve been given in Christ.
This is the second message in our series called Resolution Revolution. last week we looked at how because we’ve been rescued and redeem and transferred and forgiven, we ought to catch on to our importance to Christ... You matter to God. That’s huge! Well, this week we begin to look directly at Christ. We are also going to talk about authority...
You know what authority is right? Webster defines Authority as “...person(s) in command; power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior; convincing force...”
Last week I dealt with authority in my own life... I was pulled over by a police officer. Don’t you hate that feeling. You pass a cop, and you look in your mirror to see if he moves - There is no worse feeling than seeing the lights go on, and no greater feeling of relief when he slips around you to get someone else... Well last week, I was coming up to a school zone. I saw the officers. I slowed down to 20. I think I even gave them a little “good job guys” wave - and sure enough I saw the lights, and I was pulled over... You see, at the rate of speed I was going - 20 miles an hour - the officer can see my windshield very clearly. He could tell in an instant that my registration is out of date! And there wasn’t really much to argue about... It was out of date. I have a brake light that’s not working, and of course, I didn’t have proof of insurance with me either. The good news was that “with a little footwork from me, I can get everything taken care of and only be out $20”
Authority... “power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior...” What/who is the authority in your life? Who influences your behavior - or your actions? Christ has authority in your life - but you have to recognize his authority...
In this passage in Colossians, Paul sets up Jesus as one in Authority. There apparently was some “heresy” going on in the church at Colosse. Scholars debate what the actual nature of the controversy was... It probably was a lot like our culture - a mixing of this and that to come up with an individual belief - so here, Paul sets the record straight. READ TEXT (Colossians 1:15-20)
He mentions some things about Christ - (David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible, Colossians)
He is the image of the invisible God (That is both likeness, as in a mirror, and manifestation, or fullness - God is fully revealed in Jesus)
He is the first-born of creation - that doesn’t mean he was created first... (It means that he is the first-born and entitled to all the inheritance ...think of the story of Jacob and Essau - Jacob got the blessing of being firstborn, even though he wasn’t first.)
He made the heavens and the earth - we tend to think of God as being creator, but here Paul reminds us that Jesus was part of the creation story too..
He is above the angels - part of the “heresy” was that the angels were mediators between God and man, Paul reminds us that Jesus is over the angels.
He is the head of “the body” the Church - Christ is head over the church. There really isn’t much more to say about this point...