So what does it mean when we read in the bible that these things are “of first importance”? If you’re like me this is probably not something that you’ve given a great deal of thought to. However, when you look at these words in the light of what Christians believe the implications of this statement are huge.
Think about it this way. We believe that everything we see, everything we can’t see, was created by this beautiful, wonderful, creative being called God. Everything — galaxies and gold fish, knats and nebulas — was His idea, His handi-work. Even the things we don’t really understand yet — wormholes, dark energy, anti-matter — were all created by God. We believe that this incomparable, creative God not only created, but continues to sustain all things, and that one day He will judge His creation according to His own perfect and unchanging will.
Now, think about this for a second; this creator, sustainer, and judge wrote a book, and in that book is this simple, unassuming phrase “of first importance”. When we look at this phrase in the light of what we, as Christians believe, all of the sudden it begins to jump off of the page at us, and we begin to understand that these are not just some kind of place holder in the text, but they may actually be the most important words ever written in human history.