Jesus is Eternal
In Colossians 1:17 we read, “And He is before all things…” What was implicit in 1:16 is now made explicit in 1:17, namely, that Jesus could create everything because He existed before creation, therefore we can know for certain that there never was a time when Jesus was not. Jesus said this and angered many Pharisees in John 8:56-58 when He said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that He would see My day. He saw it and was glad…Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” If there had been any uncertainty about Jesus’ identity there is none after John 8, because in these verses Jesus is claiming to be the “I am” has always existed and who met Moses at the burning bush. This is a statement of transcendence that Jesus has always existed, is now, and always will be. Jesus is eternal. John 1:1 echoes the same truth, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Who was the Word? John 1:14 tells us “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Who was the Word who became flesh? The transcendent Christ, who has always been.
Jesus is Sustainer
In the end of 1:17 we read, “…and in Him all things hold together.” Not only is Jesus the transcendent eternal God who created all things, but Jesus holds all creation together by His sustaining sovereign power. Again Hebrews 1:3 is instructive when it says, “Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power…” By His providential care over all of His creatures Jesus governs and guides, reigns and rules, loves and leads all things for the great good of His people and the great glory of His name.