Colossians 1:18

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

  • Head/body – uses material thing to illustrate spiritual truth
    • Head – Christ
      • Thinks for body
      • Directs body
    • Body – church
      • Servant to head
      • Powerless and dead without head
    • What is a head to a body?
      • Head cannot accomplish anything without body
      • Christ does his work through the church
        • No other way to do the work of Christ
        • Christ work is not accomplished by extra-biblical (para-church) ministries
        • To work for Christ, you must work through the church!
    • What a privilege!
    • Warning – an abused body cannot work
  • Beginning – creation & church
    • Not only at the beginning/or before the beginning, He IS the beginning
    • Fountain of authority and power
    • Starts everything to uphold/save
    • No earth without Christ; No church without Christ
      • Church is the new creation of Christ
      • He is source of church life
      • He is director of church activity
  • Firstborn
    • Christ’s resurrection is the central truth of Christianity
      • We can know Him because He is alive
      • We can “experience” Him
    • Preeminent among all that are/were raised
    • Most illustrious, he went from death to immortality
      • First to rise to die no more
      • Our resurrection depends on Him
    • First means there will be a second (more!)
  • Preeminence – of rank, dignity, honor, & power
    • Sonship – we are sons by adoption
    • Salvation – we are chosen in Him
    • Human nature – He is fairer than all
    • Redemption – He alone worked it out Himself
    • Life – His purity, teaching, miracles…
    • Dying – conquered death and rose
  1.  Over the universe – Creator, and Proprietor
  2. Chief among those who will rise from dead
  3. Head of the church – all churches subject to Him
  4. In affections of His friends

Preeminent to us:

Affections of the heart
Contemplations of the mind
Desires of the soul
Praises of our lips 

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