Memorise Colossians 1:18
"…that in all things he might have the preeminence…"
DO YOU GIVE CHRIST THE PREEMINENCE?
Colossians 1:18 continues declaring the divinity of Christ: "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." Christ is the head of the universal church, and that is why we Presbyterian churches believe that Christ is the head of our churches, and the presbytery (pastors and elders) are only under-shepherds of the flock. Christ is here called the beginning because He began the church. This does not refer to Christ being at the beginning of creation as that was already mentioned in prior verses. Christ is also the beginning in the sense of being the firstborn from the dead, meaning Christ was the first to be resurrected never to die again. His death and resurrection subsequently enables our own resurrection to immortality, for just like Him we shall also be given a glorious body (Philippians 3:21), that collectively we may be His spotless Bride. So we who are part of His body the universal church must give Him the preeminence, just as God has given Him the preeminence over all things. He must be first, for He is first.
This statement of Christ being the head and the one who began the church clearly refutes the Roman Catholics who instead believe that Peter began the church and that subsequently every pope has the status as head of the universal church. What a terrible thing to place created man as pre-eminent, instead of Christ having the preeminence! Yet, you and I must also look at ourselves as well to see if we are tempted to give ourselves or our fellow Christians the preeminence instead of what is due to Christ. In all things, be it in our personal life or in our churches, Christ must always have the position of primacy. When a local church begins, we must confess that it is Christ who began the church, and give Him the glory, even though Christ used certain godly men to do His will. In the same way, when we see a need for a ministry, let us start by praying that Christ may send labourers to this harvest field, rather than start with human wisdom and carry out surveys and feasibility studies. When you and I see a need still being unfulfilled, pray even more that Christ may start this ministry if it is His will, rather than criticize our leaders for not realizing the need or doing something about it, as if ministry relies solely on human effort and not on Christ. Trust Him that if it is His will, He will move godly men to fulfill it, in His time.
Thought: He must be first, for He is first.
Prayer: May I give Christ preeminence in everything.