How Jesus has the preeminence

Colossians Bible Background

10.09.2016 – New Testament: Col 1.18–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Colossians 1 on October 9, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Paul wrote of Jesus that He is the image of the invisible God, meaning that He came as God, showing us what we could not see before (Colossians 1.15). Then Paul declared that Jesus created everything, and He holds all things together, clearly identifying His deity (Colossians 1.16–17). The apostle continued,

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. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 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 1.18–20). 

In addition to what Paul already wrote, He stated further that Jesus is the head of the church, which is the greatest and highest thing on Earth, and that makes Him preeminent above all.

It works out this way because the Father gladly let the fullness of deity reside in Jesus of Nazareth, and so now Jesus can reconcile all things to the Father, having accomplished this by His violent death on the cross.


  • Do you exalt Jesus in your mind and in your life?
  • How do you exalt Him?

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