“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17:
Scripture reading: Colossians 1:15-20
Yesterday we saw how Lady Wisdom points to Christ, Who turns God’s creative and redemptive blueprints into reality. Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15). “Firstborn” can describe a relationship, without describing origin. In Paul’s day, a Roman Caesar could adopt a successor as his legal heir, making the adopted son Caesar’s “firstborn”. God the Son has forever been His Father’s “firstborn” Son and Heir over all creation. By Him, God created all things. Paul then makes the astonishing claim, “He is before all things and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16).
The atom is the basic building block of the universe. Hydrogen excepted, every atom has a nucleus of multiple protons that cling to one another. Like positively charged magnets, they should repel one another. Yet, a powerful, awe-inspiring force holds them together. If it didn’t, everything would fly apart. Christ is that force. He holds all things together!
In a world where everything falls apart, He is the One who puts it back together. “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross” (Colossians 1:19-20). At the heart of His plan to hold creation together and to put it back together is His plan to put us back together in fellowship with Him. Call on Jesus. Be reconciled to God.
Suggestions for prayer
Thank Jesus Christ for reconciling you to God. Pray for those in your life who still need to be reconciled to God.
Pastor Richard, his wife Nancy (nee Vandermeer), and their five children live in South Holland, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Richard has pastored Covenant Fellowship Church of South Holland (PCA) since 2015, he also works part-time in jail ministry as a chaplain for Chicagoland Prison Outreach. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.