15 這愛子是那看不見的神的形象，是首先的，在一切被造的之上。 16 因為天上地上的萬有：看得見的和看不見的，無論是坐王位的，或是作主的，或是執政的，或是掌權的，都是本著他造的；萬有都是藉著他，又是為著他而造的。 17 他在萬有之先；萬有也一同靠著他而存在。 18 他是身體的頭，這身體就是教會。他是元始，是死人中首先復生的，好讓他在凡事上居首位； 19 因為神樂意使所有的豐盛都住在愛子裡面， 20 並且藉著他在十字架上所流的血成就了和平，使萬有，無論是地上天上的，都藉著他與神和好了。
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
- Stand up and read this passage aloud. Stand prayerfully in a posture that communicates to God respect and receptivity to His word.
- This great hymn of acclamation expresses the central truth of Christian faith. Christ is Lord over all creation and is the reconciler between God and this creation. Our lives are built upon it, shaped in every way by it, so that now through Christ’s reconciliation we may be given back to God as persons who are holy, blameless, and irreproachable. Christ’s preeminence means that God is the all-powerful Ruler of heaven and earth. The Incarnation means that God expresses His supreme power in this world of space and time in the person of Jesus. “Christ in you” means that God still expresses His supreme power in this world – through us! Because this Christ is in us, we do have hope for glorious things ahead. We will triumph today and tomorrow will join Christ in glory!
- Read this passage again. Immerse myself in the supremacy of Christ and remember that I am in Him and He is in me! Read this verse as a humble thanksgiving to the mighty God: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”(Rom 11:33)
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.