When you looked in the mirror this morning, were you impressed with what you saw—or did you say to yourself, "That face ... that hair ... wow ... I can't go out looking like this!" In Colossians 1:18 Paul says that Christ is the head of the body. Then he exhorts us to make sure that we give Christ priority attention like we do with our own head and face. This verse concludes, "that in all things He may have the preeminence."
The word preeminence is the Greek word proteuo, which means "to be first in rank or influence." It comes from the word protos, meaning "foremost in time, order, or importance." We see this word in the English word prototype -- "the first type or model of something." It is therefore the idea of being first, and in that sense, holding the number one position in the order of things.
Now, preeminence simply means that Christ, as the head of the church, should be held in the highest esteem in each of our lives. As we think about His exalted status, there ought to well up within us an appreciation for His supreme position in the universe. In the priority structure of everything, He is in first place. He is the preeminent One.
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