Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.
God has reconciled everything to himself through Christ and his blood shed on the cross. As a result, God has brought me into his presence and I stand before him holy, blameless, and without fault! Wow! Holy, blameless, and without fault! That’s more than just good news.
But there is a “but.’” And the “but” is that I must continue to live in the reality of that amazing truth. When I sin, I typically withdraw from God’s presence and from the reality that I am holy, blameless and without fault. But when I confess my sin, I return to his presence, and to the reality that I am blameless! There is no guilt, no shame, no criticism or judgment–just standing in God’s presence as holy, blameless, and without fault.
I don’t care how one explains it, it is simply a truth that I can choose to live out in my life. Thank you God for the cross. Thank you Jesus–so powerful and so beyond anything, yet your death has made me holy, blameless, and without fault. Thanks be to God!