Colossians 1: 15-16
Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of every creature:
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:
Verse 15 refers back to verse 14, stating that the One through Whom we have redemption and forgiveness of sin is the visible image of the Father; He is the Firstborn of all else. He existed before the heavens and the earth were formed. Those who were privileged to look on His face during His years on earth were seeing the visible form of the invisible God!
Not only is He the Firstborn; all else that exists was created through Him and for Him.
The major teaching, then, in these two verses, is that Jesus Christ and the Father are One. They are the same.
Jesus accepted so much abuse, yet remained silent–until His accusers blasphemed the Father. When that happened, He defended the Father and silenced His abusers. He would not be silent when the Father was denied.
Everything, that which is visible to us, that which is invisible; thrones and kingdoms, rulers and invisible powers–all have been created through Him and for Him.
All things includes you and me. We were created by Him, for Himself. That fact alone gives us so much value, much more than we can garner through the fame of mankind, because in the end, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that He is Lord! (Phil. 2:10-11). Every ruler, small or great; every tyrant, every benevolent king–every knee shall bow at the Name of Jesus!
He is preeminent, before all and over all.
Throughout the ages, Satan has fought at every possible level to destroy His Name, turning the hearts of mankind to stone; making good evil, and evil good, in his effort to gain supremacy over Jesus Christ. The irony, of course, is that Satan knows his own doom. Still, he battles on to gain the souls of those who will deny Jesus Christ, turn away from God, and worship that which is created more than they worship the Creator.
Believer, is Christ preeminent in your life? Preeminent, sovereign, all-powerful, all-consuming, having the most important place in your heart, your mind, and every fiber of your being?