Throughout the Scriptures God reveals the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ. God reigns supreme, God the Son Jesus Christ reigns supreme, no other rules over all. Any Christian words or works that do not recognize Christ’s preeminence falls flat in the refuse of the world, and does nothing to edify believers or glorify God. Verses that declare and reveal Christ’s preeminence are abundant. These verses couple Christ’s preeminence with His revelation of His Father to believers, and God the Father’s revelation of His love and perfect provision of salvation with godly living through His Holy Son.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? 6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” 7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, You God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” Hebrews 1:1-12
Jesus Christ is God’s Word to us; He alone is life. Jesus Christ is God the Creator and sustainer of the universe, God the Father has appointed Him as heir of all things, and Jesus Christ perfectly shows forth the glory and splendor of God the Father. He eternally rules in righteousness, has overcome all opposition and has purged our sins by Himself, sitting at the right hand of the Majesty of high. Christ’s preeminence is directly connected to His work of salvation on our behalf.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:15-20
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is head of all principality and power. 2 Colossians 2:9-10
Jesus Christ’s preeminence makes us complete in Him, so we need not go to any other source for salvation or for our walk with Him. Any teaching or belief system that has its source in this fallen world will only be a source of stumbling in our lives, crippling us, making us unproductive in our knowledge of Jesus Christ our God and Savior. We must rely solely upon Him, because He is preeminent.
4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:4-8
My beloved brethren, we must do as God has exhorted us through His apostle Paul in the verses above, we must continue steadfast in Christ, walking in Him, rooted in Him, built up in Him, established in the faith. We must be forever vigilant against the wiles of the enemy who seeks to seduce us with his workers who masquerade themselves as workers of righteousness spreading their deceit through worldly philosophy and godless false teaching. Our remedy, our refuge, our stronghold is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Since He is preeminent He is sufficient for us in all our lives. We must trust Him to make us perfect in Him. We must make sure those we allow to come along side of us through their teaching or ministry are constantly and only pointing us to Jesus Christ, and not themselves, their cherished beliefs, or their revered religious institutions.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of his body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. 1 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attainting to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 1:21-2:3
Dear beloved brothers and sisters, our salvation, our walk as believers, our very lives are all completely dependent upon Christ, and because He is preeminent He is more than able to save, keep, deliver, establish us in the our most holy faith. Pastors or elders who focus on the perks of the world rather than the glories of Christ when preaching from the pulpit demonstrate that they are not called by God. God has given us the standard for godly ministry through the apostle Paul, and we mustn’t be afraid to hold all ministry and ministers up to this God given standard. All of us must focus on Jesus Christ and His preeminence, He rules overall and has made us complete in Him. Amen.
8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:8-10
Jesus Christ You are preeminent, You have procured our salvation and You work Your glory in our lives through Your life which indwells us through Your power. Thank You Jesus Christ and may we always give You the fear, love and worship You deserve. Amen!