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What does it mean that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation? I've heard different explanations.


Thank you for your question about the bible. I hope that we can answer your query today. 

You are correct to note that some people use the phrase of Jesus being the firstborn differently. It is important for us to understand what the bible tells us about God and Jesus.

Jesus is mentioned as the firstborn of creation in Colossians 1:15, where we read: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

There is a difference between first born (with a space) and firstborn (without a space). The former is talking in a physical sense regarding the first person that is born. However, the bible makes it clear that Jesus was never born, but that he has always existed. 

John 1:1 tells us of Jesus (calling him the Word), saying in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Straight away this undermines the idea of Jesus being born, making it clear that he has always existed! Jesus, the Word, was God and with God in the beginning. 

Rather, the term that is used has no space, that Jesus is the firstborn over all creation.

In ancient Jewish culture, and in may parts of the world today, all the family possessions are passed on to the eldest child (the firstborn). This is to say that Jesus Christ, God made flesh, through his atoning death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead has been given all authority in heaven and earth, which he then passes on to those who believe in him for salvation. 

When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, his eternal life becomes our eternal life, his Spirit becomes our Spirit, his future in heaven is our future in heaven. Our relationship with God is restored because of our relationship with Jesus.

This is the great hope we have through Jesus. Other faiths place an expectation on ourselves to save us, that we must obey certain rules and do certain tasks in order to save us. However, this is not what the bible says, we are saved by Jesus and his work alone! For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

If you have never put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then I urge you to do so. You can watch the video on the main part of our site and say the prayer to start your connection with Jesus.  

It may be helpful for you to read one of our previous answers regarding the difference between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit:

In summary, Jesus is the firstborn of creation, meaning that all the authority that our Heavenly Father has is given to Jesus. It is only through his death and resurrection that we are saved, and we must put our trust in him alone to save us.

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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