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Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

Words of Faith 10-3-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Colossians 1

   [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.   [16] For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.   [17] He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   [18] And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.   [19] For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,   [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.      


     Who is Jesus?  Peter declared:  "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16).   But what does it mean to say that He is the Christ?  This was important to Paul because of the heresies that were floating around in the early church. 

      Remember that the church and community at Colosse had felt bypassed by both the physical and spiritual roadways of the day.  In response to that emptiness, some had begun listening to teaching, which suggested that Jesus was only one of many spirit beings who bridged the space between God and men.  Some taught that Jesus was the triumphant Redeemer to whom all authority in heaven and on earth had been given.  So, this was important!

      This passage speaks powerfully in making clear seven truths about Jesus.  He is the Christ who is: (1) the image of God, (2) the Firstborn over Creation, (3) Creator of the universe, (4) Head of the church, (5) Firstborn from the dead, (6) the fullness of God, and (7) the Reconciler of all things.  There is no comparable listing of so many characteristics of Christ and His deity found in any other Scripture passage. Christ is the supreme Sovereign of the universe!

       Why such a strong statement?  The most dangerous aspect of the Colossian heresy was its depreciation of the person of Jesus Christ. To those who had fallen into error at Colosse, Christ was not the triumphant Redeemer to whom all authority in heaven and on earth had been committed. At best he was only one among many spirit beings. Paul wanted to make the truth completely clear.

       Have you blessed the Lord for who He is?  Have you praised Him for His incomparable and wondrous nature?  He is everything that you need.  Rejoice in Him today.


       Father God, I rejoice in the Lord Jesus whom You have give to me.  He is the very image of God and the firstborn of creation.  I rejoice in the fullness of God that is expressed in Jesus.  I celebrate the reconciliation found only in Him.  There is no truth more wonderful than the truth of Jesus.  In His mighty Name. 


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