Colossians 1:15 (NIV) The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Paul uses a well-known hymn to teach the believers in Colossae about the supremacy of Christ.
Yesterday, we learned that if you've seen Christ, you've seen God because Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
Today, we learn the second Truth about Christ - He is the "firstborn" over all creation. That word "firstborn" has been misinterpreted many times.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Yesterday, we began looking at a well-known hymn that Paul includes in his letter to the Colossians. Teachers in the early church used this hymn to teach the new believers deep theological truth about the supremacy of Christ. Yesterday, we learned that if you’ve seen Christ, you’ve seen God because Jesus Christ is God in flesh.
Today, we continue with the second theological truth found in Colossians chapter one in the second part of verse 15, which says, Christ, is “the firstborn over all creation.”
Paul says Christ is the firstborn over all creation. Unfortunately, that word “firstborn” is a word that has been misunderstood by many people, even large groups of people, Jehovah’s Witnesses being one of them. They point to this text to prove that Jesus was created. And they say if Jesus was created then how could he be God?
The problem is, and it’s a danger we all face when we do this, that they take this verse out of context. If you continue with Paul’s letter, you’d see Paul writing that Christ created everything. Other scriptures also support what Paul writes, including John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That word “word” is another word for Jesus. Meaning that Jesus always has been. There has never been a time when Jesus wasn’t.
When Paul says Christ is the “firstborn over all creation,” he’s using a phrase familiar to him from his Jewish upbringing. It was the Hebrew way of saying “honored.” In the Old Testament, many times the word “firstborn” was a metaphor referring to someone in an exalted position. It implies the highest rank and value. It means a place of honor. THAT’S what Paul is saying here.
So, your Simple Truth for today: Jesus Christ is the most superior, the most supreme, the most honored, and the most exalted over everyone and everything.
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