The Supremacy of The Trinity

Sun Tzu was once asked to demonstrate his methods in front of king Ho Lu. Two companies of 180 soldiers were put in front of Sun. He proceeded to explain to the soldiers that when he asked them to turn left, they should turn left. When he asked them to turn right, they should turn right. The commands were obviously extremely simple, so Sun asked them to turn left. When he did so the soldiers all burst out laughing. So he decided to instruct them again and ask them once more to turn. After a second burst of laughter, he asked his own soldiers to behead the two leading commanders of the companies. Then the soldiers understood the severity of the orders and when asked to turn a third time, did so promptly.

You may ask why I decided to open with such a graphical and violent illustration, but the Merriam-Webster defines the word supreme as “highest in rank or authority.” Thus, God has all the power in the world, over everyone and everything. Yet He demonstrates so much grace, mercy and love when we disobey simple commands like turn left. So, God, the Father in his eternal supremacy demonstrates His love by sending His son to die for us. Jesus the son in His eternal supremacy carried a weight of sin that was ours and carried it to His grave, rising on the third day. The Holy Spirit in His eternal supremacy listens to us, guides us and empowers us to live an honorable life that's glorifying to the Lord. We will break down the supremacy of the trinity and what exactly that means.

Scripture states that God is eternal (without beginning or end) and has reigned as the ultimate authority since before the beginning of the universe (Psalm 93:2). His last act of creation was mankind (Genesis 1:27—2:1), whom He made in His own image. The very fact that God is the Creator asserts His role as the Supreme Being—the One with all authority.

God Himself is three Persons in one—the Trinity. Each member of the Trinity shares equally the role of Supreme Being. This includes the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity. Since Jesus is equal to God, He shares in God’s supremacy over all of creation. The language here reminds us of the plurals used in Genesis: “Let us make man in our image”; of the Spirit hovering over the waters like a bird over her newly hatched brood. All three persons of the Trinity brought about the creation, expressing the wisdom, love, and outshining power of the Triune God, blessing all created beings and things with the goodness of God expressed among the persons of the Godhead till then.

They created not just the material world, but the entire system, the process of nature, the cadence of time (remember Genesis—from the beginning, morning and evening, days, weeks, seasons, years; not just the periods of time, but all their content—Sovereign ruler of space and time, Lord of history, and the Creator of all (Colossians 1:16).

He not only creates but in His magnificent supremacy He sustains! He upholds everything by the word of his power. He doesn’t just support but provides intentional movement. He does this by his miraculously powerful word through which He created the universe, He will destroy His enemies and the material earth, and He sustains the universe and everything and every being in it—including you (Colossians 3:17).

There are some who believe Jesus was just a “good person,” or maybe even a prophet, who lived a righteous life but was not actually God. The Bible clearly refutes this belief. In John 1:1, Scripture says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The “Word” here refers to Jesus, who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus Himself stated on more than one occasion that He was equal with God (John 5:17–18; 10:30; 17:5). Jesus also proved His deity by rising from the dead three days after He was crucified on a cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Without His resurrection, the Christian faith would be dead.

So, Jesus Christ is supreme over all creation (Colossians 1:15-16), including angels (Hebrews 1:7-8). He is supreme over death (1 Corinthians 15:57). He is supreme over the church, being the Head of the body (Colossians 1:18). “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church” (Ephesians 1:22 NIV).

Knowing that Christ is supreme, how should we live? Very simply, we can trust Him as our Savior. As God, He paid the price for our sins through His sacrifice and resurrection. We can worship Him as our God—He created all things and rules in heaven. And we can serve Him as our Lord. His power, authority, holiness, and love are worthy of all our worship and eternal devotion.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him, 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 him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. – Colossians 1

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