The Regal Christ Hymn of Colossians

In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul is soaring in praise to the glory, greatness, and grandeur of Jesus Christ. It is a wondrous text in the Bible:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”

Many Church historians believe this passage was one of the earliest Christian hymns ever written.  And you can see why when you read it can’t you?  It reads beautifully, and is very similar to the language found in the Majestic and Kingly Psalms of Psalm 2-8.

In these verses we not only get a clearer understanding of who Jesus Christ is, we get a window into what He has done, or what God has done through Him.  That this passage is present in Paul’s letter to the Colossians lets us know one of the things wrong in this young Colossian Church was it’s insufficient and improper view of Christ.  So naturally Paul gives correction by detailing the sufficient or the proper view of Christ, one which they should not only believe, but teach as well.

Paul specifically focuses on two things as he unfolds this Regal Christ hymn describing the majesty of the Son of God: first in 1:15-17 he points to the supremacy of Christ in creation, and then in 1:18-20 he points to the supremacy of Christ in redemption.  In these two things Paul gives us a list that is unlike any other, for in this list there are 10 key realities about who Jesus Christ is.  Do you want to know who Jesus is?  Read it to find out, dig deep to discover who Jesus is.  Throughout the next week we’ll look through this glorious passage.

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