Some passages of Scripture are almost too much to handle. Too much “high and lofty” and “His ways are above our ways” stuff to pack into my puny brain. You read through the passage and it’s not long before you realize that the spiritual caloric intake per “bite” is huge . . . and you start feeling kind of full . . . but it keeps coming. The Word “tastes” so good . . . but you don’t think you can take in anymore . . . but it keeps flowing . . . the truth of what you’re reading almost becomes overwhelming.
And then, you find yourself wanting to respond like Peter did when He encountered the glory of Jesus that morning at the seaside and fell to his knees before Jesus saying, “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself” (Luke 5:8 MSG). The truths of the passage you’re reading revealing the glory of God and the magnificence of His Son such that they compel you to go facedown in humble contrition.
Colossians 1:15-29 is one of those passages of Scripture. Don’t take my word for it . . . go read it and chew on it for yourself . . . see you on the floor!
The passage is all about the superiority of Christ. He is Number One . . . He is at the top of the charts . . . He is above all, standing on the highest podium. Nothing else compares . . . nothing else competes . . . nothing else is close. God having determined “that in everything He might be preeminent” (Col. 1:18).
Check out the reminder of who He is! He is . . . the image of the invisible God . . . the firstborn over all creation . . . the One by whom, and through whom, and for whom, all things were created. He is . . . before all things . . . and holds all things together . . . the head of the body which is the church . . . the firstborn from the dead. It pleased the Father that in Christ all the fullness of the Godhead should dwell.
Full enough? It’s just starting. Beyond who He is, noodle afresh on what He’s done! He reconciled all things to Himself . . . He made peace through the blood of His cross . . . He reconciled me (getting kinda’ personal, huh?) in the body of His flesh through death that He might present me holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight! Don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I can handle much more intake . . .
But it ain’t done yet . . . three words to come that are enough to make you burst . . . that last bite which you don’t think you have any room for is about to be fed to you . . . you gotta’ loosen your belt . . .
CHRIST IN YOU!
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 ESV)
Paul says that’s he was given a stewardship. That he was to “make the word of God fully known.” That he was to reveal a “mystery hidden for ages and generations” . . . a mystery now revealed to His saints. That to them . . . to the saints . . . to those called out and set apart and declared holy . . . that to them they might comprehend, in some measure, the glory of this wonderful mystery . . . the glory of Christ in you.
You go back and read and re-read about who He is . . . and what He’s done . . . and the needle goes off the “awe-o-meter.” But then, to have added to it all, that same Christ is in you . . . and how can you help but sit back and shake your head in jaw-dropping wonder! Christ in you . . . Christ in me . . . unreal!
The fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him . . . and He lives in me. He created all things . . . and now resides within His creation. In Him all things consist . . . and, in Me, He communes. Oh, the glory of God . . . the magnificence of Christ . . . the overwhelming blessing of salvation. Christ in you.
Don’t take my word for it . . . go read it and chew on it for yourself . . . see you on the floor!