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The Preeminence

Colossians 1:14-19: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

The passages give several very logical reasons that Jesus should have the preeminence in all things. Through His blood we have the forgiveness of sins. He created everything. He came before the things He created. He sustains all things. He is the head of the church. He is the firstborn from the dead. He has all power. Furthermore, He loves us and He has all knowledge and all wisdom.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Consider those two words all things. All things that Jesus has the preeminence over will work together for the good of them that love God. Things over which individuals do not surrender preeminence to Jesus will not necessarily work for their good. All things includes insignificant things AND important things. Some individuals give Jesus the preeminence in the important things but hold onto preeminence in insignificant things. Others give Jesus the preeminence over the insignificant things and hold onto preeminence in the important things. Either way is wrong.

When we receive Jesus we receive The Preeminent One. If we have not received The Preeminent One we have not received Jesus. We should surrender preeminence over all things to Him, holding nothing back. Either Jesus will have preeminence over us or someone will have it who should not have it.

When Jesus has the preeminence over us, He will also give us other believers who should have preeminence over us in some areas.

Ephesians 5:21: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 Peter 5:5: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

There are times when spiritual leaders should be followed and there are times when they should be the followers. There have been times when I have shared the gospel with someone who then received Jesus. Within seconds after they have received Jesus, they have taught me something that Jesus did not teach me first. In those moments, I am the follower. We must be sure to follow believers who are following Jesus. We should not follow any believer into sin. We should not follow them away from Biblical truth. We should not follow them over the cliff.

1 Corinthians 11:1: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Hebrews 13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

There are some believers in churches who do not obey the spiritual leaders God has given them. There are others who do not even attend church. How can they be obeying spiritual leaders God has given? When they disobey the spiritual leaders that God has given them, they disobey God Himself. Many believers muddle through life making all sorts of mistakes because they do not understand that Jesus should have the preeminence in ALL THINGS.

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