Today's Verse: Colossians 1:16

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

For by [Jesus] 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.
— Colossians 1:16
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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

"Jesus is Lord!" This means everything in all creation ranks below Jesus in authority and power. Every angel, demon, and spirit is subservient to Jesus. Their purpose, and the purpose of all creation, is to honor and serve Jesus. Even though demons have chosen not to honor and serve Jesus as Lord now, their rebellion does not change their purpose or alter the truth of Jesus' triumph over them. He showed his superiority over them through his crucifixion and resurrection (Colossians 2:12-15). With its vast expanse and magnificence, the universe was made by Jesus to declare his supremacy. When Jesus returns in glory, "every knee [will] bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).
Saying "Jesus is Lord!" doesn't necessarily mean that we have yielded our lives to his will and trusted in his grace, but it does mean we should recognize this truth and yield our lives in obedience before he returns in glory (Matthew 7:21-23). As God's image in human flesh, Jesus is Immanuel, God's presence among us as our King, Lord, and Savior (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-3). When our lives and hearts are yielded to his will, then no one and nothing can prevent his ultimate victory for us from becoming God's ultimate reality for us!

My Prayer...

Holy and Almighty God, thank you for revealing yourself in Jesus. Thank you for triumphing over all powers and every created thing and being. Thank you for giving me the confidence that I belong to you; no outside force nor any power in creation can have what belongs to you. In your name, O God, the Creator and King of all, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Colossians 1:16 — For by [Jesus] 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.

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The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware.

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