Christ is supreme!
Scripture reading for September 8th: Colossians 1
Paul wrote a letter to the church at Colosse to counter some false teachers that had come into the church and were adding to the gospel human traditions and philosophy. They were also promoting the worship of angels. Paul’s emphasis was on correct doctrine concerning the supremacy of Christ and proper Christian conduct and character.
“He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17) One of the areas that Satan always attacks is the truth of God as creator of all things. We see this in the intellectual world of our present culture. Paul exalted Christ as the One God who created all things and who holds all things together! He exalted Him as the creator of angels and all authority, therefore supreme over all authority.
“And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from 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 1:18-20) Not only is Christ the creator, but He is also the head of the Church. He earned this position by His death on behalf of sinners and His resurrection to become the firstborn back from death! It is only through His blood that we are saved! Christ is supreme!