The Preeminence of Christ - a Blessing to UsBro. David Chancellor
8/29/1999 6:00 PM
Christ has preeminence. He was before all things and by him all things consist. Things are bad today because people do not recognize Christ for what he is. We might not be able to see God, but if we can see Christ we'll see God. He came to translate us from sin to salvation.
John the Baptist's testimony and message about Jesus was - "A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven." John acknowledged, "I am not the Christ." If there is a work God wants you to do, it will be the gift of God that enables you to do it. John WAS doing what God had given him to do. He knew that his place was to go before Christ, and prepare the way. The friend of the bridegroom might be involved, but he is not the one that the bride is interested in. John was glad to be able to prepare the way and see Christ and hear his voice. He wanted to lift up that one. "He that cometh from above is above all." We can serve and live for him, but Christ is from heaven and above all. When we receive the message of Christ, we are setting to the seal that God is true. We want to acknowledge the trueness of God in our heart and life. When Christ spoke we heard what God had to say. All things are in Christ's hand. You don't need to go to Mary. God put things in CHRIST'S hand. If we don't accept Jesus, if we don't believe him, the wrath of God abides on us. We have to face that Jesus IS the Christ, the Son of God. We're not looking for another. We want to reverence and honor him.
None of us are living on our own and none of us will die on our own. We aren't an island. God still has his piece to say about it. He will still be Lord when you die. He is over all, not just while we are living, but when we die. Christ is Lord of ALL. There is coming a day when EVERY knee shall bow, living and dead. He is still Lord of the living and dead. There will be a YOU and you WILL bow to him. Joseph's brothers DID bow though they thought that they were making it where they would not. The very thing they did opened up the door so they WOULD bow. Christ is Lord both of the "here and now" and the hereafter. We need to accept him as Lord now so that it will go well with us when this life is over.
"after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them..." He is passing on what we need from heaven. He is the one most favored of God. The disciples weren't left to fend for themselves, but were supplied with power from heaven. He is still at the right hand of God and working in the hearts and lives of his people. It is a wonderful thing that he is seated at the right hand of God and working through us.
1 Peter 3:21, 22
"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us..." (the resurrection of Christ)... The deliverance of sin itself is a good thing, but the more important thing is having a clear conscience towards God. we are saved by the resurrection of Christ. Angels, authorities, and powers are subject to Christ. Our president is subject to Christ. Those who are in high positions might have authority; they might think that they are THE BOSS, but they are STILL going to have to answer to Christ. They will answer for how they did the job. As we find ourselves in positions of authority we need to keep in mind that we will have to answer for our handling of that position. The devil is subject also. Christ is over all. He is heavenly, from above, making him above all. We need to recognize that everything is subject to him. It's not a bad thing to submit to him.
God would give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened... The power given to Christ is ours to share in. This is the greatness of the preeminence of Christ. Paul's prayer was that these might take in that because Christ had power they were a blessed people. The real blessing is that that power is given to us through Christ. We want to recognize that he has the preeminence. Christ is the head. He has charge over all things of the church and provides whatever is needed. He'll be the head of the church in eternity just as he is the head now. we are the ones that are blessed because Christ is in the preeminent place. He has power to meet our needs, solve our problems, and direct our lives. He can work in us. No one has been able to take his place. He is ready and able to work in the lives of his people. He is the only one who can meet our needs. Man may try to take that position, but if God didn't give it to him, he won't have it. Christ has preeminence and we are blessed.