What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Colossians 1:15
I am the firstborn of all my siblings. Being the firstborn can be quite fun, but it can also hold quite a bit of responsibility. The firstborn is often the leader, the example, and the one who bears the burden of taking care of the family when mom and dad are no longer around. Here in Colossians, God refers to Himself as the Firstborn of all creation. Exactly what does that mean?
Historically, the firstborn son received twice as large an inheritance as his siblings did. He was to use these resources to help provide for the rest of the family, essentially taking over the role of his father. Being firstborn can actually have two meanings. First, it stands for the obvious; this boy was born before any others. Secondly, it refers to the privilege and authority the boy had.
How does this apply to God? Well, Christ is the ‘firstborn’ is many ways. He is the only Son of God. He has all authority over us; He has all the power of God the Father. Christ has the privilege of receiving our praise, honor, and worship. Christ has dominion over all things; He has been made King over the earth by His Father. As a human, Christ was the firstborn of Mary. By His resurrection, He became the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18). As the head of redeemed humanity, He became the firstborn among the brethren (Rom. 8:29). He is the firstborn of everything and the heir of all things.
This would be the perfect time to review the story of the Passover and the plague of Egypt, killing thousands of Egypt’s firstborn. Studying Chapter 3 in Numbers would also be a great way to further dig into this subject.
Christ is the firstborn of creation, a depiction of our Heavenly Father whom we have not yet seen. May we accept His authority over our lives and rejoice that He is present to watch over all the children of God.