CHRIST IS IN CHARGE:
Sunday, February 6, 2011
CHRIST RULES YOUR SITUATION
HE RULES THE INVISIBLE
AND THE VISIBLE 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…
When we read Colossians with the “eyes of our understanding enlightened” we see Christ, exalted, supreme, and ruling the heavens, the earth, and all the “thrones or powers or rulers or authorities”. This means Christ rules today, not in the future. He is supreme, and all rulers and authorities, all powers of any kind, are in His hand.
What Paul tells us through the Holy Spirit, is that Christ, the risen Lord, is in charge, and that headship not only encompasses the church, His body on earth, but also includes all earthly kingdoms, all spiritual forces of darkness, and all created beings, whether they are visible or invisible. Even the demons are subject to Christ.
In our modern cultures, and even in our churches, we have taught ourselves that mankind is in charge of the earth, and that Satan is in charge of men. It is true, as Scripture says, that the enemy of God has some freedom to roam about, “seeking whom he may devour.” But that is only limited freedom, and is bound by Christ’s absolute authority.
Do you know that Christ, this exalted ruler of all, is in you, if indeed you are in Him?
This is not some fanciful wish. We don’t live by Disney’s philosophy, that if you only “wish upon a star” your dreams will come true. We live by faith in the Son of God, who created all things, whether seen or unseen, and who dwells in us, as He promised us.
This mighty ruler of all that exists is our friend, our Lord, our companion. He is working all things toward the end He desires, and that end includes bringing us safely into His heavenly Kingdom. We are so weak in faith that we believe nothing good can come out of the bad we see around us.
This is where we go wrong, and why our faith falters. It is not grounded upon the absolute truth of God’s Word. We hear so many things from men that are not right.
Today, read Colossians beginning to end. And contemplate God’s Word to us. His absolute Sovereignty in the lives of men. His absolute Sovereignty over Satan and his followers. His absolute Sovereignty over political figures, and regimes, and earthly happenings. All of it is beginning and ending for the glory of God in Christ.
We are Christ’s and Christ is ours. He is not going to let us go. So long as we cling to Him alone, and are not swayed by the winds of doctrine out there, and do not succumb to the ways of religion and man-made tradition. Unfortunately, some of have done so, and do so today, and are shipwrecked on the rocks of unbelief.
Hold to Christ today, brothers and sisters. Listen to Him only. He is your salvation and your song. He is your Lord and your eldest brother. He is your friend and “the author and finisher of your salvation”. He is your Life, your Truth, your Way. He is the narrow gate, the door, the shepherd whose voice you know and follow. He will not allow you to be snatched out of His hand.
No other will suffice. No other is needed.
His purpose is this.
“…to present to you the Word of God in all its fullness—
the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is CHRIST IN YOU…”
Brothers and sisters, my hearts desire is for Christ to be formed in all of us, in His fullness, and that we would walk with the supreme confidence, love and humility that Christ walked with among us. We are now Him in this world, and He is in us, and this is the great mystery revealed that Scripture talks about here.
Bow in humble obedience whatever your circumstances are. Allow Christ to show you His sufficiency, whether in your life, or in your death. That’s when we begin to know Christ’s fullness. That’s when we begin to understand Paul, who said:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above,
not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life
is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
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