The apostle Paul, a man called, commissioned and sent by God to plant Churches across the gentile world, addressed the Church in Colossae with a message that is befitting of prophets.
Amidst all we are seeing in the United Kingdom that is slowly fracturing and crumbling in these days of so-called, brexit, is the need to see that God, not man, is at the centre of world history and that our destiny is not in our hands – as Anthony Robbins and his new-age doctrine would have us believe; but in the hands of God.
God does not have a ‘plan b’. This is it – and it is on course for the full extent of Christ’s glory to be seen and evidenced, not only in eternity, but in the extravagance of His dealings with the Church in this day and age.
Nothing compares with Christ’s supremacy
Nothing compares with the supremacy of Christ, demonstrated through, in and with the Church. He is above all things, makes everything work together for the fullest possible glory and honour of His Name. God’s glory is absolute. It can never increase or decrease. It just ‘is’ and nothing compares to it, overshadows it or is a challenge to it.
Everyone will appear before Jesus
The Supremacy of Christ is the glorious message of the hour in these closing moments of human history. No-one compares with Christ. Buddha and Mohammed are not only dead, but will appear at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ and be held accountable for their sin. Jesus is supreme – and by that the apostle Paul makes it very clear, the extent of His Supremacy over all things, knows no limits.
Paul explains with great eloquence, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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.” (Col 1:15-18)
A terrible cost
Jesus is the author of salvation, the Head of the Church (so important in God’s eyes, after all – he died for the church) and in Him we live and move and have our being, we are purchased by the blood of Christ at great cost, and everything we have is because of His kindness.
lIt’s the heart of the prophetic ministry.
Col 1:15-18 is the platform and foundation of all prophetic ministry. It’s all about Jesus. It affects all that we say, think and do. Nothing is more demanding, challenging, honouring and satisfying.
Jesus words say it well, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”. That is what we are about, what we do, what we give our lives for. Times are changing. The Church in the middle east, China and in Africa have long been aware that trusting Jesus, truly trusting Jesus, may cost them their lives. Now the West are beginning to realise too, that radical obedience to seeing and pursuing the Supremacy of Christ in all things, may cost them their lives.
But it is a terrible price worth paying – but God will help us. At the heart of every thing we do, we want to see Jesus lifted up, honoured, glorified and made much of.