– Romans 11:36; Hebrews 1:2, Jesus not only created all things; he also inherits all things. And if God is supreme in his own affections and in his own planning and in his own world and in his own word, then surely God should be supreme in our sermon planning and in our annunciation of his word. Let me read it very carefully for you. He is the Potter, they are but the clay in His hands to be molded into vessels of honor, or to be dashed into pieces (Ps. Back in 1952 an Englishman by the name of J. The church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is the head of the body.    – Genesis 1:26-27; John 14:8-9; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 1:3. Now, what are we going to do with this? First of all Jesus is the image of the invisible God. A line drawing of the Internet Archive headquarters building façade. As the body of Christ we are united with Christ who is our head. In fact it is one of the high points in all the Bible talking about Christ (along with John 1:1-5, Philippians 2:6-11, Hebrews 1:1-4; Rev 5:11-14). “The DuVal family: Will, Polly, Ellery & Elijah” I love the book of Ecclesiastes, which essentially outlines King Solomon’s testimony. If Christ should cease to sustain, the creation would cease to exist. : A sermon, delivered in the Second Independent Church, in Charleston, S.C. April 22, 1826. Sometimes we read the Scripture so often we fail to be stunned by the way it is written and the way the apostles preached. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. These rulers didn’t rise up on their own: Samson, Deborah, Gideon, etc. Now pay attention to that question. It’s very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. 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.”. 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. When it is followed by a singular, it means rank or superiority over that class. He goes into the synagogue, he’s invited to address the people and he preaches a survey of redemptive history and he does it in a way that I wonder if any of us speaks. He who brings out their host by number calling them all by name. Robert G. Slaton Sermon Outline. Listen to the Sermon. Now verse 18 tells us that he is the firstborn from among the dead. 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. Which means this thing had been planned. Unfortunately it has been wrongly used over the years to teach that Jesus was the first created being. In John 14 when Jesus was talking with his disciples about God, Philip asked him: “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? 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. Preaching Today provides pastors and preachers sermon prep help with sermon illustrations, sermons, sermon ideas, and preaching articles. 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. So let’s pause and ask God to reveal the supremacy of His Son to our souls. Back to Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) And so Jesus is not only the creator of the universe, he is also the sustainer of the universe. Because Christ is supreme. He had seen much more Majesty than they had ever imagined and they were just not talking about the real thing. For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. However, the good news gets even better than that! And I said, “Well, you won’t be able to communicate as well if you don’t learn how to spell the way everybody else spells.” Why should I care about communicating well? It says. And here we find that he is the head of the body, which is the church. Jesus sustains all things. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org.       – Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2, First of all, Jesus created all things. Every star, every planet, every atom, every molecule at every moment is completely and totally dependent on Jesus Christ. If God exists, the God of the Bible, then what’s wrong with our preaching? The whole story is about Jesus. We all know that right? Here’s one answer. He will forever be the heir of all things, and the exact imprint of God’s nature. 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. This phrase “firstborn over all creation” is an important phrase to understand correctly. 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. But Jesus is the image of the invisible God. You would be hard pressed to find a stronger statement of Christ’s supremacy and his divinity. The word translated “image” in this verse is a word that means a copy, an exact representation. There was a time when I was not a father. Now it is true that Jesus said nobody takes my life from me, I lay it down on my own accord and if I laid it down I will take it again. 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. He isn’t there and the sheer absence of God is blasphemy. But the point of Paul’s sermon is to get all attention for the Father through the Son. 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. Colossians tells us that Jesus created all things in heaven and on earth. 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. Or as Hebrews 1:3 puts it: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3). 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:16-18) Jesus founded the church on the solid rock of Peter’s confession of him as the Christ, the Son of the living God. The supremacy of Christ affirms that Jesus is fully God. Matthew 2:1-23. Look at a penny. He is not simply a man greater than the rest but is truly above all creation, as only God can be. The supremacy of God in preaching and the supremacy of God in praying came together for us like this: that God has a tremendous passion to be gloried in creating and redeeming a world, and every human I know has a passion to be satisfied in their deep heart. The title was "Your God Is Too Small". The word ''Supremacy'' in the Oxford Dictionary is defined as ''The state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status.'' Introduction. He will be king. And John the Baptist says I’m not worthy to untie the shoes of Jesus Christ. Why do you make so much of the supremacy of God being the theme of preaching? We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) but Jesus actually is God’s image. Colossians 1:15-23 describe the person and work of Christ in the highest, most exalted terms imaginable. Maybe see him in geometry, that they see him in history, may they see him in philosophy, maybe see him in English, made a see him in physical education, maybe see him in spelling. 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. Faught adapted this article from a sermon … If you said to me or to the people in Antioch that God promised these things, they are in the word, and therefore in harmony with God, who did them. We find this same teaching expressed in a slightly different way in 1 Corinthians 15 where Christ is described as the firstfruits rather than the firstborn. God alone ultimately is worthy of our faith, for he alone reigns supremely. The stars in their courses obediently shine. These words from verses 25–26: “To whom then will you compare me says the Lord. They taught that all matter was evil, whether the material world or the human body. How then shall we preach? From verse 19, it was God who destroyed the seven nations that they encountered as they entered Canaan. "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Every breath you take in this world is dependent on the sustaining power of Jesus Christ. Click here to return to the Sermons page. And he is supreme over creation in the future because he is the heir of all things. Godless answers all. We’ll close with just a practical illustration of how we will weave such a thing into all of our preaching. The following is a lightly edited transcript. And here we learn that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation. In other words, God flexed his muscles in Egypt so that people would see his strength, God means to be seen in the Exodus. The author is showing that Jesus Christ is God’s supreme and final revelation to us. Well everybody here remembers perhaps from high school physics that light travels at about 5.87 trillion miles a year. That the God who is invisible became visible through Jesus Christ. That is the gospel. Rather it means Christ’s superiority over all creation, that he is the ruler and heir over all creation. He is at the center of who God is; he is at the center of the universe; he is at the center of the church. They give a false understanding of who Jesus is. Einstein felt some of this and his response was the preachers are just not talking about the real thing. If he created all things, then he cannot be a part of creation himself. In verse 26, Paul is drawing the people of Antioch, telling them that they have been sent the message of salvation. Our text continues the opening sentence of Hebrews. 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. He raises up David, the son of Jesse, a shepherd boy, a harp player, a slaying shooter, and God, against all human expectations, says that’s my man. This is the blasphemous answer, the standard answer, the twentieth-century answer, the public school answer. An illustration of a magnifying glass. We are not to make any idols or representations of God. A. Easter is a wonderful day we celebrate – though not necessarily Scriptural and certainly commercialized – still a great day to celebrate many things. Lift up your eyes on high and see who created these stars? He is the ruler. “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.”. That’s why they have names. “The Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World.”. 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 second commandment forbids us from making any images of God. 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. By the greatness by his might, because he is strong in power not one of them is missing.”. And that means that we will be raised from the dead, too! Now we come to our third point: who is Jesus in relation to the church? You won’t have as high self-esteem. As the beginning of the church Jesus is both the founder and ruler of the church. 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. If Christ is supreme over all things, then he should be supreme in your life as well. Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. It was the first chance I ever had to stand in the pulpit of the chapel at Wheaton College. The Supremacy of God Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. He is supreme over creation in the present because he is the sustainer of all things. The Supremacy of God in Preaching makes a significant contribution to the church, and specifically to preaching, by elevating the glory of God as the principle purpose in preaching, as this is reflected in the glad submission in the hearts of God’s people. Preachers don’t seem to have seen as much of the majesty of God as he had staring through a telescope or studying his physics. That’s what’s in Paul’s mind here as he enunciates the removal of Saul and now verse 22, second half. It was God who made the people great during their stay in Egypt (it wasn’t natural fertility of Jews, God made them grow). If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father. Tozer thought to say about it. 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. Next we want to see who Jesus is in relation to creation. All of the Old Testament prophets pointed ahead to Christ. Revelation 3:14 brings out this proper sense of the word firstborn when it call Jesus “the ruler of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14) As the firstborn over all creation Jesus is both ruler and heir. Thirdly, there doesn’t seem to be a proper respect for the author of the universe.       – John 1:1-2, 8:58, And then the third thing Colossians tells us about Jesus as the firstborn over all creation is that Jesus existed before all things. 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. Now I admit that my sampling is very limited, preachers have this one great advantage. 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. CONCLUSION: Why should you live the Christ-centered life? Now that’s an incredible sentence. Seeing and Savoring the Supremacy of Jesus Christ Above All Things - Duration: 45:34. bloodisbleach 78,173 views. Last question: How should we do this? Colossians 1:17 says: “He is before all things…” (Colossians 1:17) We read the same thing in John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. They claim to be talking about the absolutely eternal, infinite, unchanging creator of the universe, but it doesn’t feel like it. Christ is supreme over creation in the past, in the present and in the future. Elder Bud Luebke studies the first three versus in Hebrews Chapter 1. See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive. The Jehovah’s Witnesses today teach the same thing. I said well, it’s because the supremacy of God is the theme of redemptive history. This is one of the most important passages about Christ in the whole New Testament. 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. Those prophets spoke the Word of God — but Christ is the Word of God. Now scientists know these things and they are awed by them and they conclude if there is as the Christians say a personal God, a personal God who spoke that into being and as Hebrews 1:3 says upholds it by the word of his power, then there ought to be a certain respect for him. No human being on earth is the head of the church. But back to Colossians now Paul continues in his description of the “all things” that Jesus created. And then as the head of the body Jesus is also the firstborn from among the dead. So that’s who Jesus is in relation to God. “Christ first” should be your motto in all things. You have to feel for this when you read Isaiah 40. Christ is supreme. Why? Now right here we’re about a millimeter beneath superficiality, not pretty far and the ways are going to divide right here teacher. Look at verses 15-17: “He is … the firstborn over all creation. I conclude that the educational enterprises in our universities are all superficial. God says. It also came through Jesus. As the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep, the resurrected Jesus was an indication that we too would be raised from the dead. My passion to make God supreme in preaching both in my own and in everybody I can influence took a tremendous leap forward several years ago when I read in a journal that you may have heard of called First Things, a journal of political and religious comments. God’s quest to be glorified and your quest to be satisfied are not at odds, they are one in worship. This doctrine is essential to our view of and worship of Christ. Verse 15 told us that Christ is the firstborn over all creation. That distinction belongs to Jesus. 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. A couple of years ago, I was doing this interview with Preaching Today and they asked me that question on the telephone. It is simply impossible for a warmhearted, thinking preacher to finish the book without sensing anew the weightiness of the preaching task. He is the image of the invisible God. The Supremacy of Christ Tim Melton 1 John 4:1-3 The Supremacy of Christ is an over-arching theme in scripture. 2 Samuel 7:22. For example, there was an early heresy in the church called Arianism. And what does he choose out of all of the things he could say about John the Baptist and of all the quotations he could quote of John the Baptist in the sermon he chooses to quote these words, “I am not he, no. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. Tozer and a few others are heroes of mine, and the book that made this point in my life and a life-changing way about twenty-five years ago now is called “The Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World.” That’s the short title. B. Phillips wrote a little book that's still being widely read. We mentioned Arianism earlier, the church heresy which taught that Jesus was a created being. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s all going to terminate on God the father, Jesus is God and he will reflect all glory to his Father. Colossians teaches us that all things were created by Jesus, and all things were created for him. Skip to main content. II. 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? He not only created all things; he also inherits all things. Where did the spiritual world come from? Therefore I plead with few pastors to make him supreme in your preaching. III. So get to work and we’ll help you. Question number one then, why should be supremacy of God be the passion and the theme of our preaching? Secondly, that could mean he said preachers just don’t seem to be talking about the real thing. Baptist Distinctives: The Supremacy of God. Who is this sender? Jesus alone is the head of the church. Where did the physical world come from? There was never a time when God the Father was not the Father, because there was never a time when Jesus was not the Son. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. What do we mean when we say Jesus is the firstborn over all creation? And fourth, preachers seem to be blaspheming. 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. Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. From verse 21, it was God who gave to Israel her first King, Saul. And then Colossians 1:18 ends with a summary of this whole section: “… so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:18) Christ’s resurrection from the dead completes the picture. This is the only place in the whole New Testament that we find this word “supreme.” It is a word that means “to be first” or “to hold first place.” I like the way the New American Standard Bible translates it: “so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18, NASB). I got up in front of these 2,000 students and said the chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. I think the reason they have names is so that he can call them and tell them what to do. “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV). That’s not the point anyways. God carried Israel like a father so he was guider and sustainer and father throughout the wilderness in the wanderings. Give me a break, Pastor John. 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. Remember that? Do you talk like that? My glory I will not give to another. I was so cut at reading that, that I pledge to God to redouble my efforts not ever to have anybody be able to say that about me. Well if you don’t learn how to spell or you don’t learn how to communicate well, you won’t succeed in business and you won’t make as much money and you won’t advance in the community. Remember what we said earlier – most false teachings have to do with a distortion of either the person or work of Jesus Christ. And when Jesus came, the invisible God became visible. And he’s a great communicator, you should want to communicate and not be indifferent to putting obstacles in the way.