Col 1:15-20; 2:8-23; 3:1-4; Heb 2:8; Rom 8:19-23; Php 2:9-11; 2Co 5:17; Eph 1:19-23; 1Co 8:4-6; 15:20-28; Joh 1:3; 17:5,24.
COL-37-180520 - length: 66:06 - taught on May, 20 2018
Verse 15 is one of the clearest statements in the Bible about the deity of Christ.
“firstborn” means first in rank.
Christ is pre-eminent over all of creation.
He is prior to, and supreme over, all creation, since He is its Lord.
The firstborn from the dead refers to His resurrection.
He is the first fruits of the new creation.
So Christ is pre-eminent over the original creation (which now groans…)
And Christ is pre-eminent over the new creation: He is the head of the body of Christ.
And Christ will come to have first place in everything - the entire new creation, when it all comes to fruition.
But He will be REVEALED as such to all of creation in the future.
Christ is the head of a new humanity - the church which is His body.
Christ is pre-eminent, first above all things, in resurrection as well as in creation.