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Colossians 1:15-20; 2:8

Have you ever noticed how the world, people today, want to minimize Jesus? Oh, they'll recognize him as a good person or a prophet of his time, but they don't want to go anywhere near acknowledging Jesus for who he truly is--the Son of God, our Creator and Savior. If you have questions or you want to show someone else who Jesus is, Colossians 1:15-20 is definitely one place to go. It's all about Jesus.

So what did Colossians 1:15-20 show you about Christ? How will you use this knowledge in your life today? Who do you know that could benefit from what's revealed in this passage? Tami W.

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It shows God/Jesus is the Alpha/Omega >Beginning/End!It also should tell you that God is the ruler over all the world(actually the whole universe!)Yea Tami, interesting that you pointed out that people especially "athiests" want to get away from God, having crosses taken down that were & still are war memorials(anything that would remind them of their sin)and over the years we've had prayer taken/removed from schools,ten commandments removed from public walls and the list goes on & on but this book says if we repent/confess our sins he(God is faithful + just us of our wrongdoing.Always remember God IS our hightower-he IS our closest as well as best friend -he IS our master/mentor/teacher-our ever-present helper

The latter part of vs 18 in today's reading; 'that in everything he might be preeminent" is a challenge. It helps us to see things as they should be! Christ is the Head of the body. He's in control! As we learned this past week - we are servants.

Colossians 1:15-20 shows me that Christ was before the creation of the heavens and the earth and by Him all things were created. He is "Heir and Ruler of all creation as the Eternal Son". He was always there. He is faithful and never changes. He appeared to Abraham and Joshua and others in the Old Testament and Saul in the New Testament after He ascended to Heaven. For our salvation He came down from Heaven and became man and was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. He is the Son of God and He is coming again soon to judge each and everyone of us. We MUST prepare for that Great Day. We who believe in Him must let others know - our family, our friends, our neighbour - those with whom we come into contact from day to day. He is our greatest Friend, Our King, Our Lord and He loves us unconditionally. He is Gracious and full of compassion. He is mericful and forgiving and without Him we are dead. It is the greates honour to serve and love Him.

This is another one of those passages that I never really noticed before until today so thank you for allowing us to meditate on it! First of all, I love vs. 15- 'He is the image of the invisible God'. Wow. Our minds cannot fathom what God looks like- He is so mighty, powerful, and effervescent, No one else can make such a claim as our Creator and He lovingly gave His Son to us. When people diminish Jesus and deny God, they are denying their very own existence; additionally, life without Jesus is empty. I also like vs. 16 in that we were created FOR Him. To deny Jesus is to deny life as He is the giver of life.
I thank You Lord for creating Your Master Plan and allowing me to be a central part of it. Today, I choose to worship You in my coming in and my going out. You are my Creator, my everything!
This passage is something all my unbelieving family and friends should read. I will definitely jot this verse down and pray that the Holy Spirit will bring it back to remembrance for me when someone I know denies the love of Jesus.

You're exactly right sister, so many people DON'T know who He is.

On ‘Christian’ talk radio the other day, a man called in who aired his personal disbelief’s in all but an absolutely loving, completely merciful, never vengeful God. He said that it was “his feeling”, that God is so loving that anyone who was faithful to seek Him through any faith, any religion, would find Him. If they were raised as Hindu’s, and were good Hindu’s, God would honor that. If they were raised as Buddhists and were good Buddhists, God would honor that. If they were raised as Muslim’s, and were good Muslim’s, God would honor that too. “God’s too merciful”, he said. “God is love.” True friends, God is LOVING – but His love is righteous.

God’s Word is clear. He made us for Himself, to be His bride. He regards worship of any other being than Himself as adultery, as fornication of the worst kind. I waited for the host to gently correct this man, but she did not. Perhaps no better versed in scripture than he was, she agreed with the man – and The Spirit was grieved!

Did the caller really know who Jesus Christ is? Does this talk show host? Do you, the reader, know who He said He was?

John 14:8-10 “Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

John 10:30 “I and the Father are One.”

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The Son is called Mighty God and the Everlasting Father! Jesus Christ was not just a Holy man, not just the Son of God, but also God the Son! It stands to reason, therefore, that a rejection of Christ is a rejection of God Himself!

If you had gone to Buddha and asked him, "Are you the son of Bramah?" he would have said, "My son, you are still in the veil of illusion." If you had gone to Socrates and asked, "Are you Zeus?" he would have laughed at you. If you had gone to Mohammed and asked, "Are you Allah?" he would first have rent his clothes and then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, "Are you Heaven?" I think he would have probably replied, "Remarks that are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste." The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. In my opinion, the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic suffering from that form of delusion which undermines the whole mind of man…He (Jesus) was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three effects: hatred–terror–adoration.
—A Mind Awake: An anthology of C. S. Lewis

There is a grave danger for the Christian who comes to believe that there are many paths to God. That danger is this: We’ve been given a commission.

Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation”.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

If you buy the many paths to God theory – [info removed] then the Great commission becomes absolutely IRRELEVANT. Saints, we are told to bear much fruit.

Matthew 7:19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Wake up Christian, we are compassed round about by the Enemy, and he is closing in for the kill.

I have a hard time with Paul saying that the Christ is the "First born of all creation" as this would imply to me that He is a part of the creation. Now, if he is speaking of only His humanity, well maybe. (Obviously an area for further study.) But if in His deity, He is as far from being created as our Holy Father is for we know the Son to be but one personality of The One True and Living God. As for the rest, all true. When I ask other Christians who the Creator is the most common reply is God. Seldom have I heard Jesus or The Christ or The Son. But, to realize that the Son the Lord Jesus is the Creator, and for His own purpose, puts a whole new light on The Passion. How awesome are His deeds!

I have never paid much attention to this passage of scripture before.
I certainly does give a wonderful description of who Jesus is.
I think the best thing we can do is let God's love shine through us. We can be a mirror reflecting God's love, and people will notice how our attitude, etc. are different from everyone else. As far as how I will use this knowledge today: I will trust Him more because of who He is.

That is exactly what I'm up against right now. I'll open too it first thing when I meet with my Muslim reader for [activity name removed] next week. But she is looking for authentic people who live what they believe so please pray I will truly live for Christ each day and that her heart will be open when God puts right words in my mouth to plant the seeds.

All rulers, and authority figures where put in place by Christ. Wow now that changes my attitude about my work situation, well it better. :)

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