“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1.16
We don’t hear the word narcissism much, but it is an issue in our world today. What does it mean? Here are the words from the dictionary: “excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.” In other words, life is all about “them.” What does this have to do with our verse today? The whole premise of the words above literally shatters the concept of narcissism, especially for one who is a Christ follower.
Let’s put all of this in context by looking at the preceding verses: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us form the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom (his dear Son) we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” (Colossians 1.12-15)
So when we read, “by him were all things created”, it is referring to Christ (his dear Son). Paul pretty well covers all his bases with these words: “(things) that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers … ” It doesn’t appear he has left anything out.
So, let’s look at the last phrase: “all things were created by him and for him.” I see no place for the exaltation of self or any other aspect of narcissism. Just about the time you and I get to thinking that God really got a good package when He got us, Paul throws a verse like this one in our path. Not only was I born through the miraculous process of conception, but I was “born again” through the gift of God’s Son. That is amazing and it is very humbling. Just my thoughts …