Heb. 1:3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Col. 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Some people think theology is somehow irrelevant in our hip, modern world. I disagree. Theology gives us the framework for our faith, faith is how we meet and maintain a daily relationship with the Lord. Today’s two verses are loaded with theology that opens up a new way to live our lives. They describe various aspects of Christ and bring out one of His amazing attributes. He upholds all things in the created universe. That’s right, the man Christ Jesus is the upholder of everything. Matthew Henry points out the role of redemption in Christ’s amazing work.
“He upholds all things by the word of his power: he keeps the world from dissolving. By him all things consist. The weight of the whole creation is laid upon Christ: he supports the whole and all the parts. When, upon the apostasy, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, bound it up again, and established it by his almighty power and goodness.”
Not only was the world breaking to pieces as a result and ramification of the fall. All our lives were falling to pieces. Jesus is the restorer and upholder of those broken lives. Without His involvement in our everyday lives implosion is inevitable. With Christ at the center of our world, He causes even the attacks and even poor choices to work together for our good. Andrew Murray shows how creation itself is dependent on His sustaining power every moment.
“Upholding all things by the word of His power. He bears all things, all things consist in Him. Since they were not created without Him, can they exist without Him? He upholds them every moment by the word of His power, even as by His word they were created. This is the Son through whom God speaks.”
So what do you think? I think theology is important. Knowing Christ as sovereign, actually holding everything together, changes everything in my life. Maybe He does have the whole world in His hand.