Firstborn Over All Creation


Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. NKVJ

What is Paul trying to attribute to Jesus by calling Him the “firstborn over all creation?” Was he saying that Jesus was the first to be created?

Rather than try to guess or state the very first thing that comes to mind, shall we use the scriptures?

Psalm 89:27 says Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. According to verses 3, 18, & 35 this verse is talking of David. Was David the first king of Israel? No. Was David the firstborn in his family? Not only is that a no, but he was the youngest. Then, what is being ascribed to David in this verse? I think that the second half of that verse clarifies it “the highest of the kings of the earth.”

This term, firstborn, is used again in Colosians 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Was Jesus the first to be raised from the dead? No. Elisha raised a boy from the dead. Jesus raised several from the dead before He was killed. So, how is He the firstborn?

This verse explains that as firstborn from the dead He has preeminence or surpassing all others.

1. Jesus was the first to be forgiven of sin? Think about it. Paul says that Jesus became sin for us who knew no sin. Therefore, Jesus died with our sin but rose with our sin still in the grave.

2. Jesus was the first to be born without sin? Adam and Eve were created, not born. And, because of the virgin birth, Jesus was not born into the sin of his father, Joseph.

3. Or, could the focus be on the first as in “the greatest?” Jesus is the greatest of those who rose from the dead and those who will rise. Jesus is the greatest over all creation.

Keep in mind that according to Exodus 13:2 all firstborn belong to God. For a father to call his son the firstborn over all his possessions did not make his son a possession but the one who will one day inherite the possessions.

There is a group who has rejected all bible translations and have come up with their own translation. How convenient. They call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their explanation of this verse is that Jesus was the first to be created. That He was a created being, God’s first creation.

To be the first born over all creation does not make Him a created being any more than it makes me a bicycle because I was the firstborn in my family and was given responsibility as a teen over the upkeep of the family bikes.

There was a greek word used during the time that Paul wrote this which meant first created (proto ktizo). Rather than use this, he chose to use (proto tikto) first born. It is true that first born can be used as chronological order in a family. But, it is also used as a title of preeminence. Jeremiah 31:9 says …for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Ephraim was not the firstborn of any family yet he is called the firstborn.

Because of the overwhelming evidence of scripture, I can not buy into the idea that Jesus was created. The very next verse, verse 16, says that all things were created by Jesus, created through Him and for Him. So, they want me to believe that God created His Son, Jesus, and then this created being created everything else? Does that lessen the glory of creation in believing that a created being created rather than God, who knows no beginning or end?

Paul said in Philippians 2:6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. If Jesus could be equal with God, do we make God less to consider that a created being could be equal with God? I think so. How could a creation be equal with his creator who has always been? This goes back to the lie that Satan told Eve about eating the fruit and being like God.

Let’s keep in mind that the context of Philippians 2 is Christ in the flesh of man. In the end, Jesus will be worshipped by all. Only God is worshipped. Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, as “firstborn” not “first created” and one who is to worship, Jesus is God and has always been according to John 1:1

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A Shaky Start


Abraham

Abraham

Please, understand that I am not trying to belittle Abraham, the father of many nations. Yet, at the same time, I do want us to be able to see that God was able to take an average man and make him great because he was willing.

According to Genesis 11 Abraham was born 450 years after the flood, 10 generations away from Noah. The remains of Ur today are in Tell el-Mukayyar and can be found near the city of Nasiriyah, south of Baghdad in modern day Iraq.

Joshua 24:2 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods.

God called Abraham out of a family of idol worshippers. Was Abraham, himself, an idol worshipper?

Although it was Abraham who was called, it was his father, Terah, who led the way toward the promise land. This was failure number 1 – he was to leave his family. Instead, he took his father and nephew, lot, with him. The one who was not called, Terah, became the one to lead the one who was called, Abraham, Acts 7:2.

They made it as far as Haran, an ancient city that exists in modern-day Turkey. Also found in that same area of Turkey are villages that still have the names of Abraham’s grandfather and great-grandfather, Nahor and Serug.

Failure number 2 was that Abraham stayed in Haran for some time before he was ready to continue the journey and he still took family with him. Twice he was called. The first time in Ur and the second time while in Haran.

The 3rd failure was that Abraham still was not willing to leave family behind. The end result was that years later the two split up and Lots daughters got him drunk and slept with him. The names of their sons with their father were Moab and Ben-ammi, the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites. They were family but became great enemies of Israel for years.

Are You A Priest?


picture-11Exodus 19: 6 “‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

I do not know how many of you remember reading this verse. After God had led this group of people out of Egypt through the leadership of Moses they were brought to a mountain where God would deliver to them their first laws. God was developing them into an organized nation.

But God had a special relationship that He had in mind – to have a nation of priests – an established relationship with each person, each one a priest. Surely, this invitation excited them, right?

Exodus 20:18-19 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

Invitation refused.

Although God’s invitation was not accepted then for everyone to have the benefit of a priest, it has been given to us.

1 Peter 2: 5, 9 You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, . . .

You, as a follower of Jesus are a part of what God wanted for Israel back then. We are a nation or kingdom of priests.

The First Recording Rockers?


images9Ezra 3:10-11 When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”

It is estimated the nearly 50,000 people traveled over 900 miles back to Jerusalem with the goal of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. This hike may have taken as much as 4 months to make, but they were focused.

So intent of this rebuilding were they that the choir and band were in tune and began to give praises, singing Psalm 136 while the foundation was being built. In the Hebrew it gives the picture that they sang to each other, back and forth with praises.

The mercy they were singing about literally meant in the original “God’s covenant love.” It was God’s love promised or pledged to them.

I heard a report at one time and have recently tried to find it again, that rocks hold sound waves. If this is true, can you just imagine what was happening while the foundation of the temple was being built? Those rocks were being filled with the praises of God’s covenant love. From there they would construct the building.

How Many Times Does The Bible Say “Fear Not?”


I have heard for years that there are 365 “fear not‘s” in the bible, one for every day of the week. What a comfort to believe that there is one for every day of the week. And yet, one “fear not” from Jesus is enough, right?

I thought that I would do a search of my own I have dug and hunted and I can not even find 100 “fear not’s.”

  • King James Version: 74 – fear not; 29 – be not afraid
  • New American Standard Bible:  4 – fear not; 57 – do not fear; 46 – do not be afraid

This information is not earth shaking. It’s just a cute saying that seems to be, to this point, incorrect. Don’t let it shake your faith, just Fear Not!

At the very best the word for Fear, in all of it’s forms, is only listed 314 times in the original languages which includes words that have been translated into words such as terrible, dreadful, reverence, and terrible acts. As for the different translations blueletterbible.com also list the following:

NKJV 129, NIV 66, NASB 127, ASV 148, DBY 155, HNV 44, NLT 38, ESV 137, RSV 139, YNG 115, WEB 144

The fact is, it would be just as true if it were listed only one time in scripture.

When God said, “let there be light,” He only had to say it one time for it to happen. It does not have to be listed 365 times. If we really needed that mean “fear not’s” then February 29, which comes every 4 years, would be left for fear to run lose, right?