Colossians 1:15

Colossians 1:15 - "Firstborn" explained

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Colossians 1:15

Colossians 1:15 firstborn meaningHere is how to show Jehovah's Witnesses that the "firstborn" in Colossians 1:15 means "preeminent" or "supreme," not 'born first' as they claim.

Jehovah's Witness - But Colossians 1:15 in my Bible says Jesus is the the "firstborn of all creation."

Christian - The word "firstborn" in the Bible is an adjective and has two meanings. The original meaning is "born first." But during the antiquity, the firstborn son had all of the privileges and was the most important - ie. "preeminent" or "supreme," so over time, "firstborn" came to also mean "preeminent" or "supreme." To see this, could you please read Psalm 89:20 and 27 in your translation?
Jehovah's Witness - "I have found David my servant; With my holy oil I have anointed him, ... And I will place him as firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth."

Christian - 1 Samuel 16:11 says David was the "youngest" - not the firstborn - son of Jesse. Therefore, Psalm 89 cannot be saying that David will be placed as "firstborn" in the sense of being born first, right?
Jehovah's Witness - Right.

Christian - So it must be saying David will be placed as firstborn in the other sense, that of being "preeminent" or "supreme." Indeed, the very next phrase even adds, "the highest of the kings of the earth." Do you see this?
Jehovah's Witness - Yes.

Christian - As you saw, the Bible indicates in which sense the word "firstborn" is being used. Just as 1 Samuel 16:11 about David being the youngest son precludes the "firstborn" in Psalm 89:27 from meaning born first, Colossians 1:16, which declares that Jesus created "all things," precludes the "firstborn" in Colossians 1:15 from meaning born first since Jesus cannot be born into what He created. That would make no sense since He cannot create something and THEN come into existence. Therefore, the "firstborn" in Colossians 1:15 is also being used in the sense of being "preeminent" or "supreme." Do you see this?
Jehovah's Witness - Yes.

(If the Jehovah's Witness asks for another example of "firstborn" meaning "preeminent" or "supreme" in the New Testament, explain to him that while Mary bore more children (Mark 6:3) after Jesus (Matthew 1:25), the context of the "firstborn among many brethren" in Romans 8:29 makes it clear that the phrase is referring not to Jesus being the eldest among Mary's children but to His preeminence among Christians.)

Christian - Now, could you please google "Colossians 1:15 interlinear," click on the first search result, and read for us the meaning of the second last word?
Jehovah's Witness - "over all" (from this page):

Colossians 1:15

Christian - Yes, the translated Greek word "pasēs" is an adjective, as you can see from the "Adj" designation just below the word, and can be translated as "over all" just as easily as "of all." (If he asks for more evidence, pull up this page and show him that "over" all creation is the translation in 15 English Bibles: CSB, CEB, CJB, ERV, EHV, HCSB, ISV, LEB, MOUNCE, NET, NIRV, NIV, NIVUK, NKJV, NLT.) So do you see that Colossians 1:15 could be saying that Jesus is preeminent or supreme not even "of" but "over" all creation?
Jehovah's Witness - Yes.

"Ruler," not "beginning" - Revelation 3:14

All "the" Galileans - Luke 13:2

All "the" trees - Luke 21:29

God isn't a "thing" - 1 Corinthians 15:27