The Nicene Creed puts it this away: that Jesus is “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds.” God the Father is eternally the Father, and Jesus Christ is eternally the Son. Thirdly, there doesn’t seem to be a proper respect for the author of the universe. He is supreme over the old creation, and he is supreme over the new creation. He is the firstborn over all creation, and he is the firstborn from among the dead. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (15b-17) It came through Jesus. Believers can celebrate God’s supremacy. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. Elder Bud Luebke studies the first three versus in Hebrews Chapter 1. God brought Jesus to the earth, God brought Jesus to Israel and not by any mere, immediate, impersonal force, but you can see it at the end of the first the phrase as he promised. Why? For example we read in John 1: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3) If all things were made through Jesus and without him nothing was made that has been made, then he cannot be part of the “all things” that were made. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? He had seen much more Majesty than they had ever imagined and they were just not talking about the real thing. Remember the Ten Commandments? Verse 29: “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.” So right to the end, it’s all fulfilling of God’s word and God’s plan. Now, what are we going to do with this? Behold the awesome supremacy of our God (vs. 33-36). Item Preview And if these things were at odds there would be no gospel in the world. Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. Title: The Supremacy of God Text: Job 38-42 Preached by Pastor Phil Layton at Gold Country Baptist Church on 2-18-2007 www.goldcountrybaptist.org Last time I spoke, it was on the importance of being a God-centered person rather than man-centered, that God Himself is … Christ is supreme over all things. Now that’s the way a cynic, a superficial, 20th century saturated God-neglecting cynic response to talking about God-centered spelling. Hebrews 1:2 speaks about Jesus’ rights of inheritance when it describes him as God’s “Son, whom he appointed heir of all things.” (Hebrews 1:2) Romans 11:36 says something similar about God: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. As my closing plea is this, preachers especially and all of us if we preachers don’t lift up the supremacy of God week in week out and show a passion for the supremacy of God in all things including spelling, boating, sex, eating, leisure, stock market, if we don’t show the supremacy of God and how the glory of God has a bearing on everything then who’s going to do it? He is not simply a man greater than the rest but is truly above all creation, as only God can be. That distinction belongs to Jesus. Matthew 2:1-23. It was the first chance I ever had to stand in the pulpit of the chapel at Wheaton College. The word “head” refers to both source and authority. When you talk about the world do you say God did this and God did that and God did this and God did this and God did that and God raised up this president and got but this president down and God raised up the senator and output that senator down and got put this man in placing God put that down and God ordained this simple strategy and God, when his purpose was done, did this and did that and he reigns over the nations. Why do you make so much of the supremacy of God being the theme of preaching? Baptist Distinctives: The Supremacy of God. Thanks for visiting! This phrase “firstborn over all creation” is an important phrase to understand correctly. Why should the supremacy of God be the passion of our preaching? Christ is supreme over the church because he is the founder of the church and he is the firstborn from among the dead. And he is supreme over creation in the future because he is the heir of all things. But back to Colossians now Paul continues in his description of the “all things” that Jesus created. As soon as he can get out of high school he was done, he was gone — and he’s red hot for Jesus by the way. If God exists, the God of the Bible, then what’s wrong with our preaching? Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. He is central to all things because he is supreme over all things. That means that there is a living relationship between Christ and the church even as there is a living relationship between the head of any body. 2) Jesus inherits all things. They obey him, the whims and the ways and the star obey him. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23) At harvest time the firstfruits were an indication of what was yet to come. Jesus is the head of the body, the church (18). But it’s not the last thing A.W. He will forever be the heir of all things, and the exact imprint of God’s nature. "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. If you watch enough TV you cannot help but forget God. Every breath you take in this world is dependent on the sustaining power of Jesus Christ. Einstein felt some of this and his response was the preachers are just not talking about the real thing. In other words, Paul chose words here, Paul chose words in the sermon that would get all attention and all authority and also promises and all centrality for the one main actor in the universe, God. Now in the Bible the word “firstborn” does not necessarily mean the one who was born first. Most of them are reading books and most of your people aren’t either but one hour a week, maybe two, maybe three, they’ll listen to you and if you don’t lift up the glory of God and try to wean them off their breast of God neglecting America, who’s going to do it? Jesus not only rose from the dead; he is the “firstborn” from among the dead. What place does Jesus Christ have in your life? Let us look at each of these three descriptions of Christ. 45:34. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2) In the beginning before anything had yet been created, Jesus was with God and he was God. And the fact that that sounds odd to us shows how infected the CMA, the Baptist General Conference and all American evangelicals are with our God neglecting, God-belittling and increasingly God-despising age. We are not to make any idols or representations of God. "God Is" - John Piper (Sermon Jam) - Duration: 12:26. The Supremacy of the Gospel.Dr. Now let me read you one passage of Scripture so that you get the flavor of why I say God’s supremacy is the main heartbeat of God and therefore it must be the main heartbeat of preaching about God. Look at verse 18: “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.” (Colossians 1:18) The “he” at the beginning of verse 18 is emphatic. God is the main reality in the universe and is the main connection, purpose, ground, and sustaining power of everything that is and therefore anytime you treat anything without relation to God you are superficial. That’s what Colossians 1:15 says: “He is the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15) The Bible tells us that God is spirit which means that he is invisible. Paul’s was there was a great, there is a great, glorious, supreme God. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? But Jesus is the image of the invisible God. And for the second week, we get to look at it. Spelling, and I can hear the cynics write a Christian spelling. Early writers tried to rank these spiritual beings and figure out which ones were more powerful than others. Christ’s resurrection is the basis of our life and faith. From verse 21, it was God who gave to Israel her first King, Saul. God’s glory is his passion. Therefore, my answer to my first question is why do we make God supreme in preaching? B. Well, I ask you preachers do you preach like that? We live in an unbelievably, naive and superficial age and it’s the last thing most people will think to say about it. You have to feel for this when you read Isaiah 40. Paul corrects this by teaching that Jesus created all things in heaven and earth, visible and invisible; therefore, we should worship Christ alone. “The great end of God’s works which is so very easily expressed in scripture is indeed but one, and this one end is most properly and comprehensively called the glory of God.”. This is the supremacy of Christ. 2 Samuel 7:22. The things in heaven and on earth that Jesus created are further described as “visible and invisible.” There is both a physical and a spiritual world that God created. From verse 23, it was God who brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus. Paul is on a mission for the sake of the supremacy of his God. The galaxies spin at his command. In our verses this morning Paul answers three questions about the person of Christ: who is Jesus in relation to God, who is Jesus in relation to creation, and who is Jesus in relation to the church? I conclude that virtually all news reports are superficial, virtually all history books are superficial, virtually all public education is superficial, virtually all editorial and news, commentary is superficial for one very simple reason, which a child can understand: because of the incredible, unspeakable, unimaginable disregard for God in it all. Will you give Christ first place in your life? When we compare Scripture to Scripture it becomes clear that Jesus was not a created being. God’s word restores the soul, comforts the afflicted, emboldens the weak, and corrects the sinner, but only as we really read and hear it. Godless answers all. Give me a break, Pastor John. Question number one then, why should be supremacy of God be the passion and the theme of our preaching? Remember that? So God planned it long ago, God promised it through the prophet, God sent and brought his son Jesus and now God is sending to the nations. But Piper couples the call to gravity with a plea for gladness, rooted in the character of God: Why should I care about communicating? Jesus created all things; Jesus inherits all things; Jesus existed before all things; Jesus sustains all things. A. Jesus created all things (16a) Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. A couple of years ago, I was doing this interview with Preaching Today and they asked me that question on the telephone. Do you want to know what God looks like? Skip to main content. And when the Jews heard him say this, they picked up stones to stone him, because in claiming this name for himself, Jesus was claiming to be none other than the eternal God who always is and has always been and always will be. The following is a lightly edited transcript. [John MacArthur notes that when firstborn is followed by a plural as in Colossians 1:18 or Romans 8:29, the firstborn is part of the class that follows. However, the Bible never really ranks these beings for us. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. The Supremacy of Christ Tony Nester Colossians 1:15-20 How big is your Jesus? He used “firstborn” (prototokos) instead.]. And here’s the real clincher, it’s the bottom-line gospel. Now verse 18 tells us that he is the firstborn from among the dead. It’s all going to terminate on God the father, Jesus is God and he will reflect all glory to his Father. Academic and nonacademic and they fit the pattern perfectly. The conclusion is unmistakable: Jesus is God, and all things were created by him. CONCLUSION: Why should you live the Christ-centered life? The author is showing that Jesus Christ is God’s supreme and final revelation to us. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he had run across did not have a proper respect for the author of the universe. Welcome! I conclude that the educational enterprises in our universities are all superficial. If Christ is supreme over all things, then he should be supreme in your life as well. Where did the spiritual world come from? Colossians 1:17 says: “Jesus is.” In John 8:58 Jesus says, “I am.”. And the answer is God. He is the ruler. But Christ is supreme. In John 8:58 Jesus told the Jews: “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) This is a remarkable statement because that phrase “I am” was the divine name for God. If you give something to somebody as an inheritance, you own it. 14). Seeing and Savoring the Supremacy of Jesus Christ Above All Things - Duration: 45:34. bloodisbleach 78,173 views. It also came through Jesus. In other words, God flexed his muscles in Egypt so that people would see his strength, God means to be seen in the Exodus. Secondly, that could mean he said preachers just don’t seem to be talking about the real thing. Jesus alone is the head of the church. – Hebrews 1:3, What do we mean when we say Jesus is the firstborn over all creation? God says. He not only created all things; he also inherits all things. Paul gives us a similar list in Ephesians 1:21 but in a different order, so we cannot figure out rank from this list. Now pay attention to that question. In fact, if you push it all the way back, the supremacy of God is the theme of God. Isaiah 48:9–11. A. Easter is a wonderful day we celebrate – though not necessarily Scriptural and certainly commercialized – still a great day to celebrate many things. He said four things. When it is followed by a singular, it means rank or superiority over that class. It is one of one million such galaxies within the optical range of our strong telescopes and in our galaxy there are about one hundred billion stars. It was God who gave Israel the land of Canaan as an inheritance. Introduction. Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. J. Now as a scholar you can say many things intelligently about many things and if you leave out the main connections in reality, you’re treating it superficially. An illustration of a magnifying glass. God’s quest to be glorified and your quest to be satisfied are not at odds, they are one in worship. Therefore I conclude that the communication media in America are all superficial. It’s the same way with any false teaching about Jesus Christ. 3) Jesus existed before all things. Do you talk like that? And I want to so speak tonight as to the cut preachers and inspiring preachers and those who form search committees in call of preachers so as to want never to have that said of us. The supremacy of the true and living God might well be argued from the infinite distance which separates the mightiest creatures from the almighty Creator. The earth is the Lord’s. We read in John 1:18: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (John 1:18) What is John saying here? He is the beginning of the church 1 Timothy 6:16 says that God “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” (1 Timothy 6:16) Have you ever seen God? In New Testament times it was used of images on a coin. That the God who is invisible became visible through Jesus Christ. And here in Colossians God’s providential care of the universe is revealed as the sustaining power of Jesus, the firstborn over all creation. The God Who Is Holy (Part 6 of 6) The Presence of God is Everything! Listen to the Sermon. As Christian pastor and author John Stott puts it: “Nothing is more important for Christian discipleship than a fresh, clear, true vision of the authentic Jesus.”. Now that charge of blasphemy, of course, is loaded, it’s meant to carry a wallop to say that the real thing just doesn’t seem to be coming through. Mark Vroegop. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. Robert G. Slaton Sermon Outline. You’ve got this kid in your class and he raises his hand after flunking his second spelling test. And so Jesus is not only there at the beginning of all things as creator; he is also there at the end of all things as the heir of creation. Verse 15 told us that Christ is the firstborn over all creation. This thing had been thought through centuries before God looked to see what he would do at the fullness of time and he has spoke it through promises and profits that he would do it this way. That’s what we see at the end of verse 16: “all things were created by him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) Remember that’s part of what the firstborn means. Here are the thoughts that come to my mind as I apply this to my life as a preacher and into yours. Jonathan Edwards along with A.W. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion although he strikes me as a basically very religious man. That is the good news we proclaim. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. This is an amazing sermon. How then shall we preach? But after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.”. The second commandment forbids us from making any images of God. Yes humans swung the sword, yes they threw the spear, yes they swirled their slingshots, but as we all know from Proverbs 21: the horses made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord. You would be hard pressed to find a stronger statement of Christ’s supremacy and his divinity. And when Paul says Jesus created all things, he really means “all things.” First of all he created all things in heaven and on earth. In other words, Paul selects a word from John the Baptist that controls all relief or all attention to Jesus, the Son of the living God. 14); the earth opened her mouth, and guilty rebels went down alive into the pit (Num. These words from verses 25–26: “To whom then will you compare me says the Lord. One is in college and one is in high school and my little girl hasn’t started school yet and I pray that in all of their learning they would seek God. Back to Colossians 1:18: “He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:18) Now the first thing we should grasp from this verse is the still amazing fact after all these years that Jesus is alive. Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. The supremacy of Christ affirms that Jesus is fully God. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, “The ordinary so extraordinary” by Madeleine L’Engle. If you are new here, be sure to subscribe by email or feed reader so that you don't miss any future posts. Let me read it very carefully for you. 15-17) The first part of this hymn claimed that Jesus is the Lord, the maker and upholder of all things in the universe. Look at verse 16: “For by him 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) Once again Jesus created all things; therefore he is uncreated. If it ever came to the end of Philippians 2 and every tongue will confess, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the father. – Romans 11:36; Hebrews 1:2, Jesus not only created all things; he also inherits all things. 2-9) as He pleases. God carried Israel like a father so he was guider and sustainer and father throughout the wilderness in the wanderings. Every star in the universe has a name. The sun is one of those modest size ones with a temperature around the edges of about 6,000 degrees Celsius, it travels at about 155 miles per second and therefore will make it first orbit around the galaxy in about 200,000 years. Christ is supreme over all things, which is why Christ is central to all things, which is why we are called to live the Christ-centered life. Well everybody here remembers perhaps from high school physics that light travels at about 5.87 trillion miles a year. And then as the head of the body Jesus is also the firstborn from among the dead. From verse 18, it was God who bore with Israel in the wilderness for another old reading with just one letter difference and the Greek. That is the gospel. It’s interesting, the rabbis taught that the world was created for Messiah, but they didn’t know that the Messiah also created the world. In the beginning, it was the Word, that Word was with God. Christ is central. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. A steady diet of psychological soothing and practical how-to’s and relational therapy gets very thin and somehow seemed very inauthentic and gives the impression we are talking about the real thing. 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