My job is to put the kind of ballast in the belly of your boat so that when these kinds of waves crash against your life, you will not capsize, but make it to the harbor of heaven full of faith and joy.
The fourth impulse behind this series comes from our text this morning, namely, the glory of Jesus Christ.
Let’s list them — all fifteen of them — and then come back to the one I want to focus on. If any person or any power or any wisdom or any love awakens any admiration or any amazement or any joy, let it be the greatest Person and the greatest power and the greatest wisdom and the greatest love that exists — Jesus Christ. All that came into being exists for Christ — that is, it exists to display the greatness of Christ. But of all the things — the millions of things Paul could have mentioned that Christ made and that exist for his glory — he chose to mention these: “thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities.” Verse 16: “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether — [even these] were created through him and for him.” Now Paul knows that these “rulers and authorities” include evil supernatural powers. the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” They are evil supernatural powers that aim to deceive and destroy the human race. “By him — by Christ, the Son of God — all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or It doesn’t say he created them evil.
Look at Colossians where Paul celebrates Jesus’ triumph on the cross: They are, Paul says, “the cosmic powers over this present darkness . They have been decisively defeated at the cross where Jesus disarmed them and made his people completely secure through faith in Christ. In fact, the little book of Jude speaks of “angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling” (Jude 1:6). And we will see in the weeks to come that Paul knows something else.
But they still do much harm in the world because not everyone believes, and even believers can be hurt by them, but not destroyed. They were created good, and they rebelled against God. He knows that Christ knew they would fall before they fell.
Christ knew that there would be sin and rebellion and evil. The main point of this series is not information for your heads, but application to your lives.
This is the first of a series of messages titled “Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.” Lord willing, we will be on this theme until September 23. First, on a porch in Asheville, North Carolina, I was reading during the last half of July the Old Testament book of Second Chronicles.
In the last two weeks, I spent a lot of my time writing an eight-year plan to share with the Lead Team next Wednesday.
When I go back and listen to my candidating sermon of January 27, 1980, nothing has changed on this point.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.