As we continue our examination of the glories that belong to Jesus Christ; those glories that set Him above and apart from everything else. This is how Paul presents Him in Colossians 1:15:20. The next glory revealed is that Jesus Christ is “the firstborn of all creation.”
Some false teachers suggest that the Lord Jesus was a created being and the first Person created by God and the greatest. But this is not the meaning of the word “firstborn – πρωτότοκος.” It literally means that Jesus “existed prior to anything else, or that His status is superior to anything else.” This is the same word used in Hebrews 1:6; “And again, when He brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.””
How do we know this is true? Here is where we must let Scripture interpret itself. John 1:1-2 says that (Jesus), “the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Jesus confirms this in His prayer to the Father; “And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed” (17:5).
We must ask ourselves whether we have acknowledged the preeminent place God has given to His Son. Have we given Him that same place of priority and importance in our lives? Whether we have or not, “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11). If Jesus does not occupy the first place in your life, it will show in how effective you are in representing Him as His witness.
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