THE CHARACTERISTICS (WHAT HE SAW) Revelation 1:12-16
HIS PREEMINENCE And in the midst of the seven candlesticks
The word preeminent means superior to, or notable above all others; outstanding. It means having paramount rank, dominant dignity, or central importance.
Paul in Colossians writes about the physical body to illustrate the spiritual body of Christ. He is teaching that Christ is the head of the group of people that make up the church. Christ is the “preeminent one” or the head, the thinker and the spokesman for the church. We depend on our head to send the correct signals to our body.
When we look at each other the distinguishing thing that makes us distinctive and unique is our head. People don’t recognize us until they see our face. When others look at the Church they need to see Jesus Christ in the midst. He should be the core and hub of His people, the focus and heart of His Church.
In the book: Putting Jesus in His Place by
Robert Bowman; J. Ed Komoszewski; and Darrell L. Bock.
An acronym called hands is employed to describe our duty to lift Christ up in our individual lives.
Honors: Jesus shares the honors due to God.
Attributes: Jesus shares the attributes of God.
Names: Jesus shares the names of God.
Deeds: Jesus shares in the deeds that God does.
Seat: Jesus shares in the seat of God’s throne.
HIS PERSONALITY one like unto the Son of man,
HIS PRIVACY clothed with a garment down to the foot,