Colossians—The Supremacy of Christ

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

One of the themes found throughout the entire New Testament is the supremacy of Jesus. In the Gospel accounts Jesus rules over the natural and supernatural world. In the writings of Paul, Jesus is supreme with reference to the salvation of sinners. And when the reader of the NT comes to the end of the Bible, it is Jesus who is “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16).

The overarching message of Paul’s letter to the Colossian church is that Jesus is supreme. It seems there is a form of false teaching that has surrounded the Colossian church that is in some way undermining the supremacy of Christ.[1] Paul challenges the false teaching by showing how Christ is supreme over creation (1:15–20), human philosophy (2:8), and religious ceremonialism (2:16–29). Furthermore, since Christ is supreme, the Colossians should “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (3:1).

Take time to remind yourself of the one you follow. Jesus is supreme over everything. That is our Savior and that is stunning.

[1] The specific heresy, if indeed there was one, that was plaguing the Colossian church is of some debate. For helpful discussions, see Blomberg, From Pentecost to Patmos, 285–87; Carson and Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament, 523–25. Also, David W. Pao, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Colossians & Philemon, 25–31.

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