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Colossians 1:16 Dominion

“For in Him all things were created, things 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.”

Again the Apostle Paul reiterates the depths of the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ. All things were created in Him according to His express authority – things that are material and things that are spiritual. The visible things that we see in the physical world, and the things that are invisible to us, the thrones and power and dominion and authority in the heavenly realms, are all created by Christ, and according to His purposes. He has created all the things and they are for Himself. He alone is the maker and sustainer of the worlds, the seen world and the unseen world.

authority – things that are material and things that are spiritual. The visible things that we see in the physical world, and the things that are invisible to us, the thrones and power and dominion and authority in the heavenly realms, are all created by Christ, and according to His purposes. He has created all the things and they are for Himself. He alone is the maker and sustainer of the worlds, the seen world and the unseen world.

Many are foolish and do not even see the work of Christ in the beauty of the revealed created order. They imagine it was all an event that happened for no reason and came from a chance beginning, from a state of nothing – it just happened. This is illogical and foolish to think that something that exists can come out of nothing! Christ has always been there as the eternal Son, but many seek to deny His existence and so make up stories about the way things are and how they came about in the past. We must not be duped by it and led away into the realms of the unreasonable and illogical. 

If we cannot believe what we see as being from Christ and God, then what about what we don’t see. Many have a vested interest in unbelief in the unseen world of the Spirit so that they can escape the authority of the Lord over them and their lives. They explain away the created order as a happy accident, and that the spiritual realm is just fairy tales. Everyone knows that that is not true, but the desire to escape the over-arching authority of God, causes many to swallow falsehood and lies and irrational thinking. 

“…Because knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, and didn’t give thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”

Romans 1:21-22

Romans chapter one explains the reasoning behind the mind of God against those who try to explain Him away and escape the logic of His reason. We become foolish when we refuse to believe what God clearly tells us and what we know as the witness in our own hearts. 

All things were made for the glory of the Lord Jesus, including us, but we have become so foolish that we refuse Him. We refuse His authority over us and become ungrateful for His blessings in our lives and descend into unbelief. Our hearts harden and we refuse the message of God and become people without God and without hope in this world. 

“See that you don’t refuse him who speaks. For if they didn’t escape when they refused him who warned on the Earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven,”

Hebrews 12:25

Beloved, do not even listen to the lies in your own heart. Trust the Word of God and the power of reason He has given you. Do not pander to your own agenda of refusal, and seek the Lord today. The Lord Jesus will have all the pre-eminence as He is the Lord of everything that exists. This is good for us, for He is also the Lord of love and seeks to bring us into His kingdom, if we would believe. If only we could see Him as He truly is, and we can, for He is revealed here, in this verse in all His splendour and glory. Jesus, who is over all thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities and orchestrates the whole of history for the glory of the Father and the salvation of His people. We rejoice to know Him, who we love, for He has first loved us and given Himself for us. He is willing to bless us and shower us with all spiritual blessings, if we would but come to Him and give ourselves to Him.