Colossians 1:15–18 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he 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, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
It is not uncommon today, both inside and outside the religion of Christianity, for people to describe the god they serve in terms of their definition of acceptability, and this is nothing new.
After God miraculously delivers the Israelites from Egypt, Moses goes up on Mount Sinai to receive the Law from God. The people became impatient, because of the length of time Moses was away from them on Mount Sinai, and they want guidance. They approach Aaron and make a request of him that reveals their self-centered hearts. “Up, make us gods who shall go before us.” (Exodus 32:1)
In Isaiah 44, God confronts the folly of idolatry, by contrasting it to Him as the eternal, stable and one true God. The Lord confronts the foolishness of idolatry by saying, “16 Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”
What kind of a god is a god that is made by a man or a woman? Such fabrications may provide a type of altered appeasement of one’s conscience, but objectively, the foolishness of such a concoction is undeniable. It is self-worship. Although the gods of our age are not predominantly made of wood, stone or metal, idols are as prevalent today as they were in biblical history. Intellect, achievement, possessions, earthbound causes, and the like are the gods we make.
Jesus Christ, as described by the Apostle Paul, is not fashioned by human hands or human imaginations. The description “firstborn of all creation” is a theocratic declaration that all sovereign authority as the Son of God the Father, belongs to Jesus. In fact, Jesus is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. All of life, physical and spiritual is in His hands. As the preeminent One, Jesus is worthy of our worship because He is God of very God.
Jesus is the God of truth, salvation and dependable guidance. Let us bow down and worship Jesus, the One who made us, who saves us and who is worthy of all honor and praise!