sermon on the supremacy of god

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. The false teachers at Colosse tried to move Jesus out of first place. Back to Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) And so Jesus is not only the creator of the universe, he is also the sustainer of the universe. 4. It also came through Jesus. Once again we are looking at the person of Christ this morning, and so far we have seen who Jesus is in relation to God and in relation to creation. But Jesus is the image of the invisible God. In verse 26, Paul is drawing the people of Antioch, telling them that they have been sent the message of salvation. We only see the physical world, but the spiritual world is just as real. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:16-18) Jesus founded the church on the solid rock of Peter’s confession of him as the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17) These are amazing words, staggering in their description of Christ in his relationship to creation. Sometimes we read the Scripture so often we fail to be stunned by the way it is written and the way the apostles preached. He had seen much more Majesty than they had ever imagined and they were just not talking about the real thing. Now we come to our third point: who is Jesus in relation to the church? We've learnt that God is transcendent, there is none above Him, there is none beyond Him, or none like Him - He has all supremacy. If Christ should cease to sustain, the creation would cease to exist. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. He is eternal. It’s interesting, the rabbis taught that the world was created for Messiah, but they didn’t know that the Messiah also created the world. A man named Arius was the founder of this false teaching, and he summed up his whole teaching with this statement about Christ: “there was once when he was not.” And yet Colossians teaches us that Jesus is before all things and therefore there was never a time when he was not. This truth is essential for our salvation. Secondly, that could mean he said preachers just don’t seem to be talking about the real thing. The galaxies spin at his command. It came through Jesus. Look at a penny. I got up in front of these 2,000 students and said the chief end of God is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Godless answers all. And he deserves first place in everything. The word translated “image” in this verse is a word that means a copy, an exact representation. Jesus affirmed this to Peter in the gospel of Matthew. Where did the spiritual world come from? To him be the glory forever! For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. From verse 17, it was God who chose Israel from all of the people in the earth for his purposes. Let us look at each of these three descriptions of Christ. We find this same teaching expressed in a slightly different way in 1 Corinthians 15 where Christ is described as the firstfruits rather than the firstborn. Remember the Ten Commandments? My guess is that he simply felt that religions he had run across did not have a proper respect for the author of the universe. And John the Baptist says I’m not worthy to untie the shoes of Jesus Christ. Faught adapted this article from a sermon … “The Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World” and in it he makes this point, I’ll read you the thesis. Colossians 1:15-23 describe the person and work of Christ in the highest, most exalted terms imaginable. And yet I believe it is a fair statement about much preaching in the American pulpit. And he’s a great communicator, you should want to communicate and not be indifferent to putting obstacles in the way. Well if you don’t learn how to spell or you don’t learn how to communicate well, you won’t succeed in business and you won’t make as much money and you won’t advance in the community. June 21, 2020 12:00 pm Comments Off on The Supremacy of God’s Son. This is so important because without a proper view of Christ you will never learn to live life with Christ at the center. The word “head” refers to both source and authority. There was never a time when God the Father was not the Father, because there was never a time when Jesus was not the Son. [John MacArthur notes that when firstborn is followed by a plural as in Colossians 1:18 or Romans 8:29, the firstborn is part of the class that follows. He is at the center of who God is; he is at the center of the universe; he is at the center of the church. And he is supreme over creation in the future because he is the heir of all things. In other words, Paul selects a word from John the Baptist that controls all relief or all attention to Jesus, the Son of the living God. Now pay attention to that question.       – Matthew 16:16-18. They don’t get to hear each other. That’s not the point anyways. It’s because it’s his passion. Christ is at the center of all things. Now I admit that my sampling is very limited, preachers have this one great advantage. An awe and dread and fear of not knowing, loving, trusting or obeying such a God. Son number one the scholar, son number two the athlete — the jock. Every hammer blow on the nails through his wrists was the work of his Father in fulfillment of his promises to vindicate his glory and save the nations. When it comes to Christianity most false teaching distorts either the person or the work of Christ. Six times: for my name’s sake, for my name’s sake, for my glory I will not give my glory to another. Jesus created all things; Jesus inherits all things; Jesus existed before all things; Jesus sustains all things. Let’s start at verse 17 and I’ll simply show you why I call this the most God-centered, God-exalting, God-saturated sermon in the Bible. In John 8:58 Jesus told the Jews: “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58) This is a remarkable statement because that phrase “I am” was the divine name for God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2) In the beginning before anything had yet been created, Jesus was with God and he was God. Job 38-41 is longest speech of God in the Bible, of all the times God has spoken audibly in human history, this is the longest, so I think we can see its importance. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2) In the beginning before anything had yet been created, Jesus was with God and he was God. He created human minds to understand his glory, he created human hearts to delight in his glory and he gets more glory when mind and heart are engaged with thoughts and feelings that if only mind or only feeling are engaged. Revelation 3:14 brings out this proper sense of the word firstborn when it call Jesus “the ruler of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14) As the firstborn over all creation Jesus is both ruler and heir. Verse 15 told us that Christ is the firstborn over all creation. Hebrews 1:2 speaks about Jesus’ rights of inheritance when it describes him as God’s “Son, whom he appointed heir of all things.” (Hebrews 1:2) Romans 11:36 says something similar about God: “For from him and through him and to him are all things. It is one of one million such galaxies within the optical range of our strong telescopes and in our galaxy there are about one hundred billion stars. For example God says this about the Messiah in Psalm 89:27: “I will appoint him my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.” (Psalm 89:27) And so the phrase the “firstborn over creation” does not mean that Christ was the first created being. Now what I want to do tonight is to pose two questions about this. "God Is" - John Piper (Sermon Jam) - Duration: 12:26. 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. The Father in heaven must reveal it to you (Matt. Now verse 18 tells us that he is the firstborn from among the dead. The supremacy of God in preaching and the supremacy of God in praying came together for us like this: that God has a tremendous passion to be gloried in creating and redeeming a world, and every human I know has a passion to be satisfied in their deep heart. If you did, you wouldn’t be here! Baptist Distinctives: The Supremacy of God. The things in heaven and on earth that Jesus created are further described as “visible and invisible.” There is both a physical and a spiritual world that God created. And the fact that that sounds odd to us shows how infected the CMA, the Baptist General Conference and all American evangelicals are with our God neglecting, God-belittling and increasingly God-despising age. The Supremacy of Christ Tony Nester Colossians 1:15-20 How big is your Jesus? Paul is on a mission for the sake of the supremacy of his God. It is simply impossible for a warmhearted, thinking preacher to finish the book without sensing anew the weightiness of the preaching task. In our verses this morning Paul answers three questions about the person of Christ: who is Jesus in relation to God, who is Jesus in relation to creation, and who is Jesus in relation to the church? We read in John 1:18: “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (John 1:18) What is John saying here? 16:17). Paul gives us a similar list in Ephesians 1:21 but in a different order, so we cannot figure out rank from this list. Conner Faught is a graduate ministry and theology student at Howard Payne University and serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Gustine, Texas. For example we read in John 1: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3) If all things were made through Jesus and without him nothing was made that has been made, then he cannot be part of the “all things” that were made. Next we want to see who Jesus is in relation to creation. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we will be raised also. Remember, worship of angels was part of the false teaching at Colosse. Once again, this does not necessarily mean that he is the first to be raised from the dead. But it’s not the last thing A.W. It’s been said that the best way to spot a counterfeit is to know the original. And so the best antidote to false teaching is to know the truth about who Christ is and what he has done. But back to Colossians now Paul continues in his description of the “all things” that Jesus created. 14); the earth opened her mouth, and guilty rebels went down alive into the pit (Num. Now ponder that for a moment. This is the supremacy of Christ. The supremacy of the true and living God might well be argued from the infinite distance which separates the mightiest creatures from the almighty Creator. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. Christ is supreme over the church because he is the founder of the church and he is the firstborn from among the dead. That the God who is invisible became visible through Jesus Christ. I said well, it’s because the supremacy of God is the theme of redemptive history. He is the ruler. And here’s the real clincher, it’s the bottom-line gospel. The second commandment forbids us from making any images of God. And when Jesus came, the invisible God became visible. He isn’t there and the sheer absence of God is blasphemy. Early writers tried to rank these spiritual beings and figure out which ones were more powerful than others. The unity and supremacy of God the Father. Look at verse 16: “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.” (Colossians 1:16) Once again Jesus created all things; therefore he is uncreated. It says. And here in Colossians God’s providential care of the universe is revealed as the sustaining power of Jesus, the firstborn over all creation. It would be helpful if you look at it because instead of reading the sermon I’m going to jump from verse to verse and diverse portion to first portion and make points that draw out what you might have missed. Spelling, and I can hear the cynics write a Christian spelling. He is the image of the invisible God.       – Romans 11:36; Hebrews 1:2, Jesus not only created all things; he also inherits all things. You would be dead. Why should I care about communicating? How then shall we preach? The firstborn from among the dead carries a similar meaning to the firstfruits. And you may also remember that the galaxy of which our planet, solar system is apart, Milky Way, is about 100,000 light-years across, that’s about 587,000 trillion miles. (see John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2). Most of them are reading books and most of your people aren’t either but one hour a week, maybe two, maybe three, they’ll listen to you and if you don’t lift up the glory of God and try to wean them off their breast of God neglecting America, who’s going to do it? Well everybody here remembers perhaps from high school physics that light travels at about 5.87 trillion miles a year. Click here for more messages from the book of Colossians. And what does he choose out of all of the things he could say about John the Baptist and of all the quotations he could quote of John the Baptist in the sermon he chooses to quote these words, “I am not he, no. Robert G. Slaton Sermon Outline. If you give something to somebody as an inheritance, you own it. Reading The Supremacy of God in Preaching is a refresher on the majesty of God and the gravity of preaching. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion although he strikes me as a basically very religious man. And if God is supreme in his own affections and in his own planning and in his own world and in his own word, then surely God should be supreme in our sermon planning and in our annunciation of his word. He is supreme over the old creation, and he is supreme over the new creation. If he created all things, then he cannot be a part of creation himself. Who is this sender? You’ve got God to communicate, you’ve got love to communicate, you got salvation to communicate, you’ve got Jesus to communicate, you’ve got the gospel to communicate, you’ve got eternal life to communicate, you’ve got purpose to communicate, you can’t be indifferent son to whether you communicate and put obstacles in the way of your communication. “The great end of God’s works which is so very easily expressed in scripture is indeed but one, and this one end is most properly and comprehensively called the glory of God.”. The author is showing that Jesus Christ is God’s supreme and final revelation to us. We all know that right? This quotation from a scientist, a specialist in general relativity theory named Charles Meisner about the attitude of Albert Einstein toward organized religion and preaching fifty years ago. The following is a lightly edited transcript. He who brings out their host by number calling them all by name. And secondly, how shall we then preach? Click here for more messages from the book of, The difference between the 1st and 2nd commandments. As the beginning of the church Jesus is both the founder and ruler of the church. If you watch enough TV you cannot help but forget God. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. God’s glory is his passion. Not only did he create them, but he knows their number and he knows their name. Do you want to know what God looks like? He is author of. Jesus never came into existence. Isaiah 48:9–11. They depend on tapes and CDs and conferences and a few other things and so I confess that my judgments are fallible and limited and yet on my limited exposure I would say that Einstein’s concern is valid. The church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is the head of the body. That is the good news we proclaim. Mark Vroegop. Jesus is supreme over all things, and he should always have first place – first place in the universe, first place in the church, first place in your heart. B. Jesus inherits all things (16b) Tozer thought to say about it. One is in college and one is in high school and my little girl hasn’t started school yet and I pray that in all of their learning they would seek God. Because Christ is supreme. Last week, we saw Christ's supremacy as God's visible image, look again at Verse 15, "He is the image of the invisible God." Paul wrote that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. Paul goes on to define what he means when he says Christ is the head of the church, and he tells us two things in particular: Jesus is the beginning, and he is the firstborn from among the dead, A. The point is that Jesus created all these beings, and therefore Jesus is supreme. Now that’s the way a cynic, a superficial, 20th century saturated God-neglecting cynic response to talking about God-centered spelling. Look at verses 15-17: “He is … the firstborn over all creation. Now it is true that Jesus said nobody takes my life from me, I lay it down on my own accord and if I laid it down I will take it again. The Nicene Creed puts it this away: that Jesus is “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds.” God the Father is eternally the Father, and Jesus Christ is eternally the Son. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (15b-17) When you talk about the world do you say God did this and God did that and God did this and God did this and God did that and God raised up this president and got but this president down and God raised up the senator and output that senator down and got put this man in placing God put that down and God ordained this simple strategy and God, when his purpose was done, did this and did that and he reigns over the nations. Feel free to hit the comments button on any post and join the discussion. In fact, if you push it all the way back, the supremacy of God is the theme of God. Jesus is the head of the body, the church (18). Christ is central. A steady diet of psychological soothing and practical how-to’s and relational therapy gets very thin and somehow seemed very inauthentic and gives the impression we are talking about the real thing. Last question: How should we do this? And here’s another answer, my answer to my son and to anybody who’ll listen. He must have looked at what their preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. Preachers don’t seem to have seen as much of the majesty of God as he had staring through a telescope or studying his physics. Amen.” (Romans 11:36). "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Every breath you take in this world is dependent on the sustaining power of Jesus Christ.

We’ll close with just a practical illustration of how we will weave such a thing into all of our preaching. And when Paul says Jesus created all things, he really means “all things.” First of all he created all things in heaven and on earth. A couple of years ago, I was doing this interview with Preaching Today and they asked me that question on the telephone. I think the reason they have names is so that he can call them and tell them what to do. If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father. Or as Colossians says: “He is before all things.”, D. Jesus sustains all things (17b) 2-9) as He pleases. Now Jesus said that nobody is greater born a woman than John the Baptist. Sermon Details; Date & Time: June 21, 2020 This is message #2 in our series in the book of Hebrews. 1 Timothy 6:16 says that God “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” (1 Timothy 6:16) Have you ever seen God? Tozer and a few others are heroes of mine, and the book that made this point in my life and a life-changing way about twenty-five years ago now is called “The Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World.” That’s the short title. Now right here we’re about a millimeter beneath superficiality, not pretty far and the ways are going to divide right here teacher. But after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.”. Let’s put it positively, surely then the theme, the spirit, the atmosphere of our preaching should be the majesty and the glory and the supremacy of God and everything else that we talk about should be brought into relationship to this and it should be the passion of our preaching and our lives. We live in an unbelievably, naive and superficial age and it’s the last thing most people will think to say about it. God alone ultimately is worthy of our faith, for he alone reigns supremely. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. This phrase “firstborn over all creation” is an important phrase to understand correctly. Christ’s resurrection is the basis of our life and faith. In other words, God flexed his muscles in Egypt so that people would see his strength, God means to be seen in the Exodus. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23) At harvest time the firstfruits were an indication of what was yet to come. Where did the physical world come from? It’s very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. As Hebrews 1:3 says: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus has finished his priestly work of sacrifice on behalf of the world, and upholds the universe by the word of his power.

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