I attend a Bible study for mums on Tuesday mornings at our church. I also help lead some of the Bible studies. It is a fantastic group of ladies with a deep desire to serve Christ better and be more like Him. We have been studying the book of Colossians. A few weeks ago we had a fantastic study on the Supremacy of Jesus.
I remember when I was at University studying for a degree in teaching with specialty in Portuguese and English + literature. There was one time that an Applied Linguistics Professor spent a whole lecture commenting on the use of personal, objective and possessive pronouns. Fascinating subject if you like to know the structure of a language and want to use it properly. Basically, when writing we should never repeat a noun time and time again. “Joe is my brother. Joe lives with my parents. They help Joe everyday.” The correct way would be: “Joe is my brother. He lives with my parents. They help him everyday.” The personal pronoun he and the objectve pronoun him should be used instead of the noun Joe.
During our Bible study we were challenged to read Colossians 1:15-20 substituting the personal, objective and possessive pronouns for the word Jesus when appropriate. This is what it looks like:
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in JESUS all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through JESUS and for JESUS. JESUS is before all things, and in JESUS all things hold together. And JESUS is the head of the body, the church; JESUS is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything JESUS might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in JESUS, and through JESUS to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through JESUS’ blood, shed on the cross.”
My professor would have screamed if she saw this but I thought it was very effective! Just looking at the verses above it puts Jesus in the centre of everything. Reading it makes me wonder how in the world people are able to dismiss Him and refuse to let Him be King in their lives.
I stand here amazed, in owe of Him. To Him all the glory and honour.