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Jesus: The Redeemer

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Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:15-20
Opening Prayer
Introduction
Exposition
Colossians 1:15 ESV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Invisibility
Under the Law
Under Grace?
Image?

I. Jesus is God (15a)

The focus is not trinitarian here...
Colossians 1:15 ESV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Firstborn of all creation?
Is this implying that He is a created being?
No, look at vs. 16
Colossians 1:16–17 ESV
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Elaborate...
Back to 15
Colossians 1:15 ESV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
So, when we see “the firstborn of all creation”, what does it mean?
When we hear “first” we think temporal, instead, think positional...
So He is “positionally” the firstborn, but it still says He is “of all creation.” So, if, as we discussed from verses 16 and 17, He is not created, what does this mean?
That is our second point, It means...

II. Jesus has become man, while still being God. (15b)

Temporal/eternal

III. Jesus is creator and the rightful ruler of all. (16-17)

Colossians 1:18 ESV
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Colossians 1:19 ESV
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
Colossians 1:20 ESV
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

IV. Jesus is the reconciler of all creation, especially the Church (18-20)

Applications:
Because Jesus is God, you can be confident that He is faithful and able to complete the work that was begun in you
Because Jesus is Man, you can know that Jesus understands the things you go through from your prespective
Because Jesus is the rightful ruler, you can obey Him without fear of the consequnce
Lord>Boss
Because Jesus has reconciled the church, you can have confidence in your standing before Him and have hope in the reconciliation of the creation coming to fruition.
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