THE BEGINNING AND END OF HISTORY.
Text: Colossians 1:15-23.
The letter of Apostle Paul to the Colossians was written to refute false teachings just there are many of such in our days. The devil, the master trickster uses difficult times as this to sponsor erroneous doctrines into the lives of men seeking to derail them from the path of truth. He knows very well that if a man could miss his way, he will definitely never get to his destination. Paul didn’t state specifically what these heresies were other than they pertained to who Christ is.
What greater attack could be sponsored on our faith like creating a false view of Jesus Christ? That is why our understanding of who Jesus Christ is must be guarded jealously. Paul sets forth with the deity of Jesus in Colossians 1:15–16, His superiority and authority from verses 17 to 23 and proclaimed His sufficiency for our salvation and spiritual growth in Chapter 2, verses 6 to 15. Probably, there is no other passage in the New Testament that contains more concentrated doctrine about Christ than Colossians 1:15–23. Here, Paul affirmed four things about the identity and authority of Jesus Christ-
1. He is God. (15)
2. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all creations (16–17)
3. He is the Head of the church, His new creation (18)
4. He is our Redeemer and Saviour.(19–23)
From this same passage, I want to share with you the revelation of Jesus Christ that I got recently. Jesus Christ is “THE BEGINNING AND END OF HISTORY.”
(A) JESUS CHRIST: WHAT A MYSTERY. Ephesians 3:3-5 and 1 Timothy 3:16 affirm among many other passages the mystery embedded in Jesus Christ whom I love to call, Jesus the Christ. In Colossians 1:15-18, Jesus Christ is,
1. THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD-15a-There is a distinction between image and likeness. Likeness represents superficial resemblance, as when two leaves from the same tree are said to be like each other; image indicates resemblance by participation in the same life by reproduction of essence. Likeness is that which is superficial and partial, image is that which is essential and exhaustive. Our Lord is the exact representation of God.
Whatever glory dwells in the Eternal Father is eternally imaged in His Son. Even before His incarnation, He was the image of the invisible God as the Word (John 1:1-3) by whom God created the world and by whom God appeared to the patriarchs. Therefore, He is “the image of God,”before the incarnation, in the days of His flesh, and also now in His glorified state.
2. THE FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION-15b-16. This does not mean the first in rank among created beings, but He was begotten before any created beings. So “the beginning” does not mean the first member of a series, but the power which causes the series to begin. The root is the beginning of flowers, although we may say the first flower is.
3. BEFORE ALL THINGS-17- Not only dignified above angels and men in nature, names, offices, and works, but He is before all in existence since they are all created by him. Therefore, He was before John the Baptist, His forerunner; before Abraham who saw His day and was glad, (John 8:56) before the first man that was made, before the angels were in being, before the heavens and the earth or any creature. Therefore, He must be God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.
4. THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH-18a-He is the founder, the sustainer and the leader of His Church. Without Him, there is no church.
5. THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD-18b- This also does mean the first who came forth from the grave in rank or time. But the first to rise from the grave never to die again. But more importantly, in Him the resurrection finds its original and eternal home. It is not merely that He rose, but that He is “the Resurrection and the Life.” (John 11:25) Halleluyah.
From the 2nd and 5th description of Christ, there is no doubt that He is the beginning of history and also the end of history i.e the first born over all creation and the first born from the dead. Halleluyah, Jesus Christ has preeminence in all things.
(B) THE IMPLICATION:Jesus Christ, the beginning and the end of history. The following revelations must be noted.
1. Jesus Christ is not part of History, He is the History.
2. All history began in Him, with Him and for Him.
3. All history will end in Him, with Him and for Him.
4. Therefore, there is no history before Him, beyond Him, after Him nor without Him.
5. In Him, all history consists. You have no history without Him.
Since Jesus the Christ is the beginning and end of history, our greatest goal in life should not be money, properties, position nor power, but to be part of His history.(19-23) For us as believers, His story has become our history. Without His story, there is no history. Without Him the goals of life are purposeless. Without Him, life would be a chaos instead of a cosmos. Christ is the only true connection between created minds and the unapproachable, unknowable Godhead. Therefore, men must come into total and permanent union with Christ. Separated from Him, we can do nothing. We must therefore renounce sin which is the discord in the everlasting order. We must give our lives to Him and surrender to Him. Christ must abide in you and you in Him to eliminate sin. Without Jesus the Christ in your life, you have no history. Do you have history? Shalom.