That’s not saying He was a created being, as John 1 is one of several places that tells us He was the Creator and has always existed.  While the term firstborn can obviously refer to order of birth, it can also be a legal term.  Esau was the natural firstborn, but Jacob was the legal firstborn because of the inheritance birthright being given to him.  Jacob’s son Joseph had two boys that Jacob blessed, and in doing so, Jacob specifically gave the younger child the blessing that normally went to the older.  For that matter, this action was a part of Israel giving his son the birthright, even though Joseph was the eleventh of twelve sons.  So yes, it’s okay to refer to Jesus as such in this context because it’s referring to Him being preeminent over all, and that’s all it’s referring to.

    After all that, and halfway through the lesson, we can finally address my comments about Colossians being a look-alike book.  What other New Testament book shares similarities with our letter here?





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