21stcr.org Verses & Words Explained
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
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 might have the preeminence.
Wonderful exposition by Dustin Smith and J. Dan Gill. Paul says many great things about Jesus in these verses. Does Paul mean that Jesus is God or a heavenly “super-being”? Dustin and J. Dan tell us that Paul is not saying either. Rather, Paul is telling us that Jesus as the true human son of God is the image of God; the firstborn from the dead and co-creator of the “new” creation.