There is a need that is continually on my heart: That Christ be known and magnified as He is in scripture. I fear there isn’t enough of this among Christians. Many godly things and subjects draw bigger crowds than Jesus: the end times, miracles, and growing leaders; social or doctrinal contoversies; evangelism, social justice, and marriage; worship, prayer, and homiletics. I do not deny that the Bible speaks to all these things. But I wonder about our devotion to these things. Some believers talk of Jesus as if He were part of a pantheon of Bible topics. This is not how new testament authors spoke of Him. When sharing Christ, they used vast terms like “the all in all,” “the length, the height, the breadth, the depth,” “the Alpha and the Omega,” “Him who fills all things.” Even when speaking on other subjects it is clear new testament authors saw Christ as the substance of those subjects. Marriage is a shadow of Christ and the church. Worship is something “through Him.” Sanctification is Christ in you. The Spirit’s ministries exalt Jesus. All wisdom and knowledge is in Him, every spiritual blessing is in Him, everything is by Him and to Him and for Him. If we see Him we see the Father, and by this do we know the love of God–Jesus laid down His life for us. What follows is an excerpt from Colossians chapter one. It is one example among many in the Bible that appreciates Jesus as God does and as God would have us do. I pray the Spirit will magnify Jesus in our hearts!
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.[i] 16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. 18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross[j]— whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-20, HCSB)