"And He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens, and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him.

And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.

For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven." Colossians 1:15-20

The Depths of Christ

Your Lord is so vast and so great that it will take you the rest of eternity to discover all of the riches inside of Him. His riches are so unsearchable and His depths so unfathomable that you will never come to the end of that which is contained within Him. He will always be more. You could even say that He is the eternal more. Let's just take a brief look at a small portion of Who He is.

The Content of All Things

      ". . . that He might fill all things." Eph. 4:10b

Part of the Father's goal is to fill all things with Christ. He is to become the All in all. If you read the letters to the Ephesians and the Colossians you will see that God is very much into having Christ be the all and having this One Who is the All to fill all things with Himself. He is not only to be the contents, but He is also to be the container for all things in all realms. He descended and ascended so that He might fill the heavenly (spiritual) realms and the earthly (physical) realms. This is so that He would be the substance of all things and all things would find their substance in Him.

But He is much more . . .

The Meaning of All Things

     ". . . all things have been created through Him and for Him."

He is the meaning behind all of creation. If you look behind the purpose of anything that was created by God, you will see Christ. That's because all things were created through Him. All created things cannot help but speak of Him because they were created in and through Him.

Let's just look at one example, the oyster. This creature lives deep inside the ocean. Inside of the oyster, something is formed that is very beautiful, the pearl. The pearl is formed through much suffering to the oyster. That pearl is formed in secret, hidden deep within the life of the oyster. Isn't this a beautiful picture of our Lord and His church? She is the pearl of great price that is formed deep within Him. This is just one example. Everything in creation speaks of Christ. He is the meaning behind all things.

But He is much more . . .

The Center of All Things

     ". . . that He Himself might come to have first place in everything."

He is not only the Center, but He is also the Fulcrum, and the Core of all things. He is the Center, Circumference, and Radius. He is the very heart of all matters. He is not only at the core, but He is the Core of everything that is according to the mind and purpose of God. All things in the scriptures point to Him. He is the Word of God. The Father is reconciling all things back to the original Core. All of creation, visible and invisible is moving back towards the Origin, the Core of all life.

The Fulcrum is the point of perfect balance. The point of perfect balance is always at perfect center. Balance can only be maintained at that point. If you step off center even one inch, the scales will be tipped and the balance compromised. He must be the Center if we are to have balance.

But He is much more . . .

The Nucleus of All Things

      ". . . and in Him all things hold together."

He is the nucleus of all things. Just like the nucleus in an atom, all things orbit around Him. He holds them together in their appointed positions and maintains their status. He is like the "glue" that keeps all things from falling apart. He is the consistency of all things. The only reason that matter can hold together, that atoms and molecules are cohesive, is because of Him. He keeps it all together.

Not only that, but He is also like a great Magnet. He draws all things to Himself. You know, dear believer, that He is always drawing you and I to Himself. He is like the gravity of the earth's core. All things must move toward their Center or core. What goes up must come down. Even though we may wander away, He is always there as the great Magnet, drawing us back to Him.

But He is much more . . .

The Meeting Place of God and Man

     ". . . to reconcile all things to himself."

This Christ, Who is reconciling all things to himself, is the place where God and man meet. He is not only a Person, He is also a Place. He is the Temple, the place where God and man become one. He is the Son of God and the Son of Man, both in one Person. Humanity and divinity are merged together in Him. He is the Father's house and in Him are many dwelling places where we can fellowship with God (see John 14:1-3).

The Father has so longed to be one with man. Adam would not eat of the Tree of Life so that divine life would indwell him. Christ is that Tree (John 15); the One Who makes it possible for us to have God's life within us.

But He is much more . . .

The Heavenly Places

     "For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens . . ."

The heavenly places, heaven, the heavenlies, the spiritual realm, these all speak of a place that exists inside of Christ (see Eph. 1:3). He is not only a place; He is also a sphere, a world, a universe, and an environment where you and I live. The whole spiritual realm exists inside of Him. Paul used the phrase, "in Christ," over two hundred times in his letters. This was obviously a main ingredient in his gospel. All true believers are inside of Jesus Christ. The other realm is also inside of Christ. We have access to that other realm through Christ Who is the Door.

But He is much more . . .

The Fullness of the Godhead

     "For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him . . ."

The fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him. While He was walking along the shores of Galilee, there was a community, a "church" if you will, of three living inside of Him. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit were having glorious fellowship inside the spirit of your Lord while He walked this earth. He tapped into this fellowship and lived by means of this fellowship (see John 6:57). All of the fullness and expression of the Godhead lives and dwells in Him.

But yet, He is so much more . . .

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