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hat place does the Lord Jesus  preeminent. This means practically and on
                 have in my affections and in my  a day-to-day basis, every decision, every
        Wlife? Does He occupy a place of  choice, and every aspect of my life must
        prominence? Many of us content ourselves  be determined by His lordship over my
        that we have given Christ a place of impor-  life. Each step should be taken with this
        tance and significance in our lives, but is  one question as the “north star” in my
        that the desire of the Spirit of God? Is this  thinking: Does this recognize Him as hav-
        the place He deserves?               ing all of me?
          God’s intention is that “in all things He   The remainder of Paul’s letter to the Co-
        might have the preeminence” (Col 1:18,  lossians unpacks the great truth of lordship
        KJV).                                in all the various aspects of my life. Paul
          A few verses earlier in the epistle, Paul  speaks of Christ being “all and in all” (Col
        prayed for the believers that they might be  3:11, KJV). This means He is the ultimate
        filled with the knowledge of His will (v9).  standard for every relationship. He is ev-
        After prayer turns to praise (vv12-14), he  erything in everything.
        rises to one of the great mountain peaks of   It will control assembly life and my re-
        Christological truth. Atop the mountain,  lationship with other believers (3:12-17).
        he surveys the canvas of divine intent  I will seek to treat fellow saints with the
        and intervention. From the lofty crags of  same care and love which the Lord has for
        divine inspiration, he reveals to us the  them. It will invade my home and control
        great purpose of God: “that in all things He  husband-wife relationships (3:18-19). The
        might have preeminence.” In the cosmos,  standard for my love to my wife is Christ
        in the new creation, in the Church, among  and His love for His Church. The parental
        the civil governments of earth, and in the  role will be similarly controlled (vv20-21),
        city of the Great King, He will have the  as will my work life (3:22-4:1). The fellow-
        preeminence.                         ship, the family, and the factory all become
          It is not an exegetical leap to see that the  one seamless, integrated life, lived with
        will of God for the believer, for which he  Christ preeminent in all.
        prayed in verse 9, is this very same truth.   Christ preeminent is not meant only
        As in the cosmos, so in the individual  for full-time workers, missionaries, and
        Christian life, He wishes to be preeminent.  elders, but for each one of us redeemed by
          God is not content with His Son having  blood and owning Him as Lord and Savior.
        a prominent place in my life; He must be  Prominent or Preeminent?

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