In recent posts, we’ve spent some time investigating God’s claims of uniqueness and distinctiveness and how it flies in the face of much modern thinking. When we turn to the New Testament, we find that Jesus Christ, the unique and only Son of God, is declared to have the same sort of supremacy.
When I find myself wondering about the unique divinity of Jesus Christ, it doesn’t take me long to find my way to Colossians chapter 1. It’s here that we see described with great vigor the unique authority and power of Jesus:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 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 1:15-18).
Those final words reflect a similar kind of “exceptionalism.” Paul, the apostle, and writer of the letter to the Colossians, is in no uncertain terms declaring Jesus’ unique authority—the one who created everything, for Himself! Wow, if that doesn’t set Jesus into another category altogether—God!
Do you struggle with these ideas? They certainly don’t fit with our earthbound perspective of the world. Maybe it’s because they are “God thoughts.”
It’s always good to remember:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8,9).