THE QUINTESSENCE OF LIFE
“…and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)
IN CHINESE philosophy the world consists of four elements: air, earth, fire and water and these are believed to be the foundation for all things physical. But as atoms come together to form a larger element; cells to tissues to organisms, scientists ask what holds these four elements together? What holds them in check that chaos isn’t born?
Colossians one verse seventeen tells us that in Christ all things consist. The Holy Spirit did not mince words making that affirmation of truth. It is an absolute and excludes all others. Anything outside of Christ falls and fails and eventually degenerates.
Have you seen photos of our cells joined together? Those intercellular connections seem like a picture of the cross, without which no being is alive.
What has this got to do with your daily life? I’m glad you asked. This means everything! From career to marriage to education; every activity that happens in this universe is held by Jesus alone. “By him all things were created.” All things! As John 1:1-4 rightly elaborates”…without him was nothing made that was made.”
Then finally, all that he created is and can only be sustained by himself…his own breath.
To live life outside Jesus is like taking a single cell out of one of your tissues and expecting it to survive and make effect.
This is how grave it is without Jesus for “there is none other name under heaven given to man by whom we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
Hold on to Jesus, dear beloved, even when it seems your life is falling apart, for in him nothing ever does. All that God created is an extension of Himself and He has redeemed you because He would not watch himself go bad. You would not, why would He? As strong as you hold on to Jesus, know that, he holds you more strongly in love.