He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him—all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)
These few verses in Colossians offer an incredible description of the supremacy of Christ. Not only do they inform us about who Jesus is, but they give us incredible insight into His power and ability.
There are some incredible truths to be seen through this passage, so let’s dive in together!
Let’s start by writing out ten observations from the passage. If you need a refresher, take a look at the previous post for some things to observe. Remember, the goal of observation is to record only what we see. We’re not drawing any conclusions or making applications yet.
A great observation technique is to record repeated words or phrases. Do you see any repeated words? Underline them in the passage.
Next, highlight any verbs. Verbs can be both an action or a state of being. Am, is, are, was, were, be, being, and been are all verbs.
What do you notice after marking repeated words and verbs? Are any verbs repeated?
This week we’ve been studying the ways God reveals Himself. God reveals Himself through His Word, but He also reveals Himself in creation. According to Colossians 1:15-16, how is God or His character revealed in creation?
The author mentions creation once, and twice says that Christ created everything.
- What does the author say was created by Christ?
- Why were all of these things created? For what purpose?
As you’ve spent time observing these verses, what has God revealed to you? We’re staying focused on observation this week, but as we think ahead to next week’s focus, take some time to think through a few ways you can apply to your life what you’ve learned and observed.
Friends, God is faithful. He has revealed Himself in creation and in His Word. He continues to reveal Himself to us. As we draw near to Him, He is faithful to draw near to us. Let’s keep running hard after Him. He is our Creator, our faithful Savior, and our loving Father. All things were created by Him. We can rest in that truth, confident that nothing can happen to us that is outside of His plan and His purpose.
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