Christ’s Relationships – Colossians 1:15-20

   In this section of Colossians (1:15-20), the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to highlight Christ’s relationship to God (v15), to Creation (v16), and to the church, the Body of Christ (v18).

1)  Christ’s Relationship to God. 
   Jesus was God in the flesh.  He was the “image” of God, which means “to be like, a replica, expression, or embodiment.”  John 1:18 states: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared [Him].”  Christ is literally God in bodily form.  The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus Christ was Deity, God the Son, Who took on flesh by being born of a virgin. 

   Verse 15 also states that He is the “firstborn,” which, in this case, refers to the fact that He existed before creation.  It also speaks of His authority over all Creation.  Christ is the Head of Creation and has preeminence over it.  He ranks first in importance and priority.  Of course, this designation of firstborn, carrying with it the characteristics of being eternal, sovereign, and superior, can only belong to God.  There is no doubt that this passage tells us that Christ is God in the flesh.  

2)  Christ’s relationship to Creation. 
   He is Creator of all.  No ...

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