Scripture: Read Colossians 1:18-20; Genesis 1:27-28; and Ephesians 2:5-6.
Paul’s “firstborn of creation” and “firstborn from the dead” simply mean this: Christ is the Lord and Ruler of both the original creation and the new creation.
The Holy Spirit speaks of this God-become-Man as the Head of a people. Not just people in general, but a people so important to Him that they are designated “His body”. Christ could be the Head of whatever He chose and yet He identified with being so involved with us that it is like we are His body. I’m pretty attached to my body; what about you?
It helps to connect some dots. In Genesis 1:27-28, God tells us that He created us in His image and lays out His purpose for us, our destiny. We are to rule the earth as we live in His image, His likeness. In other words, we are to be His vice-regents on earth with the idea of us doing this together with Him.
This did not work out at first as we well know, the reason being that we spoiled His image in us and could no longer qualify to represent Him. Sin was the issue. Jesus was sent to make a way back to the Father’s desire to have a people with whom to share His rule. Thus, “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21).
In Ephesians 2:6, Paul presents a powerful picture of us being “made alive with Christ,” “raised up with Him,” and finally “seated with Him.” Right now we, the church, are to assert His authority over the earth through our prayers.
- As you think about God’s original purpose for mankind in Genesis 1:28, what thoughts come to mind regarding yourself? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Rewrite the naming of Jesus as applied to your life using your own words: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- When you read about being seated with Christ, how does this affect your life? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Reread the three passages for today and meditate quietly upon them. See if you can hear how Jesus is praying for you…and echo those words back to Him in prayer.