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Summary: CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF: - HIS POSITION OF HEADSHIP - AND HIS WORK OF RECONCILIATION

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BIG IDEA:

CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF:

- HIS POSITION OF HEADSHIP

- AND HIS WORK OF RECONCILIATION

(WITH RESPECT TO ALL OF CREATION AND TO THE CHURCH)

I. (:18b) THESIS: “so that He himself might come to have first place in everything”

Def.: “having paramount rank, dignity, or importance; outstanding, supreme” --(Webster’s)

Only NT usage of this word

You can refute almost any cult or false teaching by examining how they fail to give Christ His due in terms of His Deity or Sufficiency or Supremacy or Exclusivity

II. (:15-17) CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF HIS POSITION OF HEADSHIP OVER ALL CREATION

– THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD

A. Preeminent by Virtue of His Deity = “the image of the invisible God”

Sounds like a contradiction that we can see the image of that which is invisible

cf. John 1:18; Heb. 1:3

B. Preeminent as the Unique Son of God = “the first-born of all creation”

does not require that He be a part of creation and thus “born” in contradiction to His eternal existence;

stressing His special place of privilege and power; the one who inherits all the rights of the first-born;

used here as a title of the one who is the mediator between God and all of creation

C. Preeminent as the Creator of all things – “all things have been created by Him”

“in the heavens”

“on the earth”

“invisible”

“visible”

includes all types of angels and spiritual beings

“whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities”

(Note the false translation of the bible used by Jehovah’s Witnesses which adds in the word “other”)

D. Preeminent as the Goal of Creation

“all things have been created … for Him”

E. Preeminent as the Precursor of Creation

“He is before all things” (in the sense of time)

F. Preeminent as the Sustainer of Creation

“in Him all things hold together”

Discuss some of the scientific questions and confusion regarding this issue;

Points to God as the one who sustains the ordered cosmos which He has designed and created

III. (:18-19) CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF HIS POSITION OF HEADSHIP OVER THE CHURCH

– THE EMBODIMENT OF ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD

(Wiersbe: switches focus from the old natural creation to His new spiritual creation”)

A. Preeminent by Virtue of His Deity = “all the fulness dwells in Him”

consistent with “the Father’s good pleasure”

B. Preeminent by Virtue of His Headship over His Body = the Church

“He is also head of the body, the church”

C. Preeminent by Virtue of His Leadership in Resurrection

“He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead”

IV. (:20) CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF HIS WORK OF RECONCILIATION – WITH RESPECT TO CREATION

A. Emphasis = “through Him” = Christ

Note the word order in the Greek and the repetition of this phrase

B. Universal Scope of Reconciliation – “all things”

1. “things on earth”

2. “things in heaven”

C. Nature of this Reconciliation

1. Directed towards God the Father – “to Himself”

2. “having made peace”

D. Means of Accomplishing this Reconciliation

“through the blood of His cross”

IV. (:21-23) CHRIST DESERVES THE PREEMINENCE BY VIRTUE OF HIS WORK OF RECONCILIATION – WITH RESPECT TO THE CHURCH


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