Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Why Jesus Deserves to be King of Creation

Colossians 1:15-17

 

Jesus deserves the preeminence because he is creation’s highest ranking member – v.15

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

·      What does the term “image” mean? 

o   How is Jesus the “image” of God in the same way that I am?

o   How is Jesus the “image” of God in ways that I am not?

o   How do Genesis 5:3 and Matthew 22:20 help clarify your answers?

·      Does “firstborn” refer to time or does it refer to status? 

o   When a Jehovah Witness comes to your door and says, “See! This verse says that Jesus was born,” how would you answer him?

o   How does Romans 8:29 contribute to this discussion regarding “image” and “firstborn”?

 

Jesus deserves the preeminence because he is the means by which all things were created – v.16

16For 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.

·      Identify all of the prepositions in this verse (and the following) that describe Jesus’ relationship with creation. What do each of them teach about Jesus’s relationship to creation?

·      What are the practical ramifications of this? 

o   How does it make a difference to human beings since we are the pinnacle of God’s creation?  How does this affect your understanding of the relationship between Satan and Christ? Between believers and Christ?

o   Read 1 Corinthians 6:3.  Discuss what that will be like one day.

 

Jesus deserves the preeminence because he is the end for which all things were created – v.16

16… all things were created through him and for him.

·      Please discuss the difference it makes in your life when you have to do unpleasant things but make a conscious effort to do them “for Christ.”

·      What practical steps can you take to remind yourself and those close to you to do everything that you do “for him”?

 

Jesus deserves the preeminence because he is responsible for creation’s continued existence – v.17

17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

·      What does it mean when it says that “in him all things hold together”?  How does Hebrews 1:3 contribute to the discussion?

o   What difference does it make when you see things through this lens?

o   What limits does it place on the role of science?

o   What glories does it ascribe to the observations made by science?

o   How might God use this to convict the heart of somebody who thinks that the only things that exist are the things that you see?

o   How might God use this to comfort the heart of somebody who is fearfully focused on the things that they don’t see?