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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



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.

1: 17   God not only created the world but also sustains it. In him, everything is held together, protected, and prevented from disintegrating into chaos. Do you ever feel as though your world is falling apart? Because God, through Christ, sustains all life, none of us are beyond the reach of his love and care. Seek his binding power in your family and church and in your thoughts and emotions.

1: 18   Christ is the “firstborn from among the dead.” Jesus was raised from death, and his resurrection proves his lordship over the material world. All who trust in Christ will also defeat death and rise again to live eternally with him

(1 Corinthians 15: 20; 1 Thessalonians 4: 14). Because of Christ’s death on the cross, he has been exalted and elevated to the status that is rightfully his (see Philippians 2: 5-11). Because Christ is spiritually supreme in the universe, surely we should give him first place in all our thoughts and activities. (See the second note on Luke 24: 6-7 for more on the significance of Christ’s resurrection.)Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and seek his almighty power in every aspect of your life. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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