“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created through him, and for him: And he is before all things.
and through him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead
from the dead; so that in all things
he may have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell”
– Colossians 1:15-19
Christ Jesus is the Head and we are His body. He is all in all. His fullness is granted to us
abundant riches; we are given what He Himself is – the All in all. Christ
is God’s reclamation project; in Him, all things are restored to their original state. In
language used by the apostles, the term used to speak of the restitution of all things is
is the term “apokatastasis”. The One and Only is everything, even within us.
This mystery of Christ is the great image of God. In the writings of the enlightened Paul, we read that
we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Christ
pre-exists all things; He is the Trinitarian institution by which God makes Himself visible and
shareable. Eternal Love loved us into existence. God’s eternal purpose is none other than the eternal
eternal Christ. We therefore see Christ as the Divinity and the entire cosmos in a single Person;
an indissoluble coexistence and unity, a mutual habitation, a union of a mystical nature because it is a synergy of shared properties.
union and communion between the uncreated and the created.
created. This is what the time in which we live consists of, described
as the dispensation of the fullness of time.
Christ is the One to whom all things are attributed. He is the exact image of the
invisible God (Colossians 1:15). In his incarnation, we find the visible expression of God in human form
. He is called the firstborn of every creature because He pre-existed creation as the Son of God.
Son. He is before creation; thus, He is above it. God created all things through Christ,His
Logos and Image. The pre-existent Christ, uncreated with the Father as Son in the communion of the Holy Spirit, is the “arche” (origin) and the “telos” (consummated end) of all
creation. All things were created by, through and for him. Thus, all things in creation have
received an eternal purpose from Him.
Through Him, all things consist, have their cohesion and continue to be held together and draw
their being in Him. It would therefore be an ignorant argument to claim that there are some
people who are not in this Christ. Christ is God’s will for creation. He is the model of
our human nature. He imagines his Father, and this Father-Son relationship is the basis on which we are created.
from which we are created – we are created to share this relationship. It is our protology and the
purpose of our nature.
When man turned away from God, he introduced diabolical resistance. He held on to his
own thinking, which is an alien conceptualization of his existence and the purpose
of the cosmos. He thus introduced a disturbance into cosmic harmony and failed to live as the
Imago Dei because he refuses to see himself in the light in which God knows him. But
this was foreseen by God. In the fullness of time, this Christ who pre-exists all things, the One by whom and for whom all things are created, the One
through whom all things consist and
have their cohesion, entered into His creation. He has recapitulated human history, rectifying it, bringing all things under the new rubric of Christ, bringing about the great
. He reorders human disorder and, by restoring the icon of God in man, makes man transcend His original value.
to surpass His original value. Within this new humanity
becomes the head of the new Body – the Church.
The apostle Paul presents the dominion of Christ as the One who pre-existed all things and is
Creator Himself. Christ not only actively created the cosmos, but He is the One who founded the very purpose of the entire cosmos, which
in Him. When man departed from this purpose, Christ entered creation, fulfilled time and space through the incarnation, by which He overcame the fall, the crucifixion, by which He overcame sin, the resurrection, by which He overcame death, and His Ascension, by which He reunited heaven with earth.
which He reunited heaven
and earth, inaugurating the new Body known as the Church, which
is the New Creation.
It pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell in Him (Colossians 1:19). This is the true
nature of the Divinity Christologically considered.