Through Him and By Him

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For 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.  Colossians 1:15-16 (emphasis added)

We’ve been walking through the book of Colossians in our men’s study group over the last month or so.  For those unfamiliar, the theme of the book is disciplinary/corrective in nature.  The church has retreated to Judaic mysticism and tradition and has attempted to fuse it with the Gospel.  Paul is attempting to bring them back to center.  He’s re-establishing Christ as the beginning, the creator and the head of all things.  He’s saying in order for God to be perceived correctly, He must be viewed through the lens of Christ.
The Holy Spirit drew out the most interesting revelation from the scripture as we were reading the phrase, “all things were created through him and by him.”  I began to think about a conduit.  When water is piped to your home, it starts in a rather pure form.  As it travels, it begins to take on the characteristics of the object in which it’s delivered.  It can’t help but be affected.  It allowed me to understand what Paul was trying to convey to the church.  He needed them to understand everything in creation has been purposed through Christ.  This is a complete paradigm shift.  It’s not that Christ was an appendage, an afterthought in God’s mind or the result of a plan gone bad.  Everything was channeled through him and was made for him.  Therefore, every piece of creation is reminiscent of him; effected and affected by him.  Like an object magnetized by coming into contact with another magnet, creation has taken on the attributes of Christ and points and is drawn to him.
May we allow the Christ in us to be drawn to the author of creation and draw others to Him in the process.
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