Jesus – The Firstborn of All Creation (Col 1:15-18)

When the apostle Paul writes to the church of Colossae, He refers to Jesus with the title as "the firstborn of all creation."

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Col 1:15, NIV)

What is the apostle stating about Jesus? Is this literal in regard to birth order – that He was created before Adam or before anything? Or is Paul speaking figuratively about Jesus' prominence or both?

1. Here is an example of how a passage can be broken down to help you observe and understand the passage. What are your observations of Colossians 1:15-18? Share your findings with others in the class. Remember: the more you observe, the less you need to interpret!

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Col 1:15-18, NIV)

2. A syllogism is a form of deductive reasoning that consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion. Do you see the apostle Paul making a logical argument here?

Major Premise:

Minor Premise:


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