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December 2, 2022
Today’s reading: Colossians 1:15-16
Firstborn over all creation
We read in Colossians 1:15-16:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
There are major Christian groups that use this verse to prove that Yahshua is only a created Being. They understood that “firstborn” means that Christ is the first creation of the Father.
However, nothing is farther from the truth.
Firstborn in this verse came from the Greek word prototokos. Yes, it can refer to order of birth as in the case of being firstborn in the siblings. However, it can also refer to the order of rank.
In the Bible, we read how David was referred to as the firstborn as we read in Psalm 89:27. Yet, we know he is not the eldest among his brothers. On the contrary, David was the youngest among his siblings!
We can read in Colossians why Yahshua was called the firstborn over all creation. The reason is that He is the same Being who created all things! Whether it is in heaven or on earth, visible or invisible, it was Yahshua who created all of them.
So, this verse isn’t saying that Christ is a created being because He is the firstborn of creation. Paul was telling us that Christ is the firstborn in supremacy and ranking because He is the one who created all things!
Therefore, instead of telling us that Christ is a created Being, Paul was actually showing us His divine and eternal co-existence with the Father.
Because of this, we see the Power and Authority of the Messiah. He isn’t simply a bystander or spectator in the process of giving salvation to mankind. He plays a major role in helping us get into His Father’s Kingdom, in the past, present, and future.
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