The love affair between satanism and famous music stars continue. The only surprise, I suppose it is not a surprise is that these issues get very little coverage among Christians. It is a real danger and one we must keep flagging up!
[He is] the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created… (Colossians 1:15b-16a) Jesus is the firstborn in the family of creation. That is to say has the first rank of all creation. Paul will later tell us that Jesus is also the first rank in the new creation: he is "the beginning, the firstborn from the dead". Jesus is not the first to rise from the dead but he ranks first among God's new creation, just as he ranks first in the old creation. The idea of Jesus being even ranked among creation is perplexing. Is Jesus not above creation? The answer of course is yes and no. Jesus in his divine nature is certainly above creation. Jesus is uncreated because Paul has already told us Jesus is God made visible : "he is the image of the invisible God". Jesus is the Eternal Son of God.
I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you - LORD JESUS Is there a harder commandment in the Bible than this one? There is no escaping its force. Followers of Jesus are to love the people who not only oppose us intellectually but also people who willfully work and take pleasure in doing much harm to our bodies emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Apostle Paul, a man who spent the early part of his life murdering followers of Jesus, later found forgiveness in Jesus. Jesus transformed him and in his letter to the church in Rome echoes the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them". Apostle Peter has the same words with a new twist, "Do not repay evil for evil...but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called". Peter says this posture of love for enemies is the very essence of being a follower of Jesus.