Our theme for this month is “Holiness”. An insight into the pre-eminence of Christ will certainly throw more light into this theme.
In Leviticus 19:2 – the Lord spoke through Moses to the children of Israel – “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy”.
And as a New Testament Christian, the same Lord demands a life of Holiness from us and the only way is to fully understand and embrace the pre-eminence of Christ.
And in today’s message, I want us to focus on the Pre-eminence of Christ. The Greek word for this word Pre-eminence is Proteuo (prote-yoo’-o). It is the same root word, which the word prototype is formed.
• An original or model after which anything is formed; the authentic version or example for others to follow
• The original or model on which something is based or formed.
• Someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; a model.
If we are talking about Holiness or we claim we want to serve the Holy God – it is impossible to do it outside the nature of Christ. So understanding the nature and person of Christ is paramount to this discourse.
In 1 Corinthians 12:3 – we read – “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit”. So the Holy Spirit is the One who will help to understand and embrace the nature of Christ.
1. Christ is the image of the Invisible God.
In John 14:8-9 – “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “ Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’”
– So if you want to know and have relationship with the Holy God, get to know Jesus Christ
If our God is Holy and Christ is the image – then the number 1 desire for any one of us called by the name of Christ (or want to serve God) is to strive for is to live a holy life.
See 1 Peter 1:13-16
2. For by Christ all things were created
John 1:3 – “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made”
Psalm 33:6 – confirms to us that “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made. And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth”. Christ is the Word of God incarnate! – See John 1:1-3, 14.
John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”
Christ’s way of life, all He did and has commanded us to do must be revealed in all we do, say or desire.
Hebrews 4:12-13 – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account”
3. Christ is before all things and in Him all things consist.
John 17:5 – “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was”
Hence the reason Christ was able to say to the Jews that before “Abraham was I am” See John 8:58.
4. Christ is the head of the Church
Let it be known to every one that Christ is the head of this Church – the senior pastor, apostle, bishop or whatever the title your leader bears is only an under shepherd receiving instructions from Christ
Colossians 2:18-19 warns & advises us to hold fast to the Head – Christ the head of the Church let no one be deceived and everyone will one day give account of his or her stewardship
The points mentioned above reveal the pre-eminence of Christ however you will only come into the fullness of who you are created to be when you embrace what He came to give.
Colossians 1:21 – “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled” – what a mighty Saviour we have!
If you are reading this and are yet to known the Lord, I hereby plead to you to take this opportunity to be reconciled to God. There is no ritual involved, you can do this by saying this simple prayer:
Prayer for Salvation:
Heavenly Father, Thank you for Jesus Christ
I acknowledge Him as the Son of God
I repent of my sins and turn to You.
Forgive me, cleanse me, change me and make me
The person you created me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord.
Thank you Father God, in Jesus name – Amen.
You can contact me on 01375377853 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org to share the good news about your salvation with me. God bless