My hope in writing these messages is that they will deliver you from every other version of the gospel except the gospel of the kingdom—a gospel that has been virtually lost to us today.
Preeminence- the quality or state of being preeminent or superior
“He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the first-born heir of all creation. 16 For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose! 17 He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him.”
18 “He is the Head of his body, which is the church. And since he is the beginning and the firstborn heir in resurrection, he is the most exalted One, holding first place in everything. 19 For God is satisfied to have all his fullness dwelling in Christ. 20 And by the blood of his cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to himself—back to its original intent, restored to innocence again!” (Colossians 1:15-20 TPT)
Preeminence means having the first, highest, chief, and best place in a position of ascendancy over everything else.
Ascendency is to occupy a position of dominant power or influence.
Why should Christ be first place in our lives? Why should he be first in our churches, our communities, and our nations?
Scripture reveals that God intends for Jesus Christ to have that kind of unrestricted authority and power in a position of spiritual ascendancy over everything else: “That in all things He should have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18)..as the Head of the Body, the Church.
Preeminence is revealed in some of the titles of Christ. He is not just one king among many kings, but He is “King of Kings.” He is not merely one lord among many lords, but He is “Lord of Lords.” He is not just one path to God among so many other paths of equal significance and relevance: but Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life, and He declares unapologetically (without apology) that “no one comes to the Father except by Me”
Because Christ is supreme, nothing else should distract us from him. We must get rid of anything and everything that keeps us from glorifying Christ. Hebrews 12:1 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.
We have to strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.
Often in our lives, Christ is marginalized (treated as insignificant, dismissed or put on the back burner). He often isn’t first: work, schoolwork, hobbies, Funtime, or family commonly take first place. In these verses, Paul gives us reasons why Christ should be first in our lives and in the entire world. He talks about how special Christ is and why he must be preeminent—first. See, if Jesus is God, if he is the only way to salvation, and if we declare his Lordship over our lives, then this is not just a matter of belief; it must be a matter of our daily practice.
Even today in the church we tend to put our programs, activities, conferences, pursuit of the blessing above Christ
It should be our daily goal to please him and honor him. also must put Christ first, and we must remove anything that draws us away from him or takes his place. Like Leonardo da Vinci, we must take our brush and wipe away anything that detracts from his preeminence in our lives.
So the reality is this: there are many things that compete with Christ for the preeminence, and there are many different options that we can choose to center our lives around.
Christ bids His disciples to “seek first the Kingdom of God.” the world offers innumerable things to pursue in the place of Christ and His Kingdom. Speculation.. we see many of the things, entertainment l, sports (NBA, March Madness), career, family, business, health, ministry or relationships – even Sunday worship services, that can take our attention away from Christ are on hold . .. giving us an opportunity to reset our priorities, put Christ first and seek first the Kingdom of God …
Many people are worried today about how they are going to take care of themselves and their families Matthew 6:30-33 (TLB) says, 30 “And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?”
31-32 “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, 33 and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.”