The Firstborn

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Col 1:15 . . He is the firstborn of all creation

The Greek word translated "firstborn" in that verse is prototokos, which never
means created first; no, it always means born first. The correct Greek word for
created first is protoktistos.

The average JW probably doesn't know the difference between prototokos and
protoktistos; and no doubt would care little about it anyway. To some; born first
and created first are essentially one and the same.

The thing to note is that "firstborn" doesn't always refer to birth order. The term
also refers to pay grade, so to speak, and as such is transferrable from an elder
sibling to a younger, e.g. Esau to Jacob (Gen 25:23) Manasseh to Ephraim (Gen
48:13-14) and Reuben to Joseph (Gen 49:3-4, 1Chr 5:1).

The people of Israel are God's firstborn nation (Ex 4:22) and David is God's
firstborn king (Ps 89:20-27). But neither David nor the people of Israel are, or
were, the firstborn of all creation; they were firstborns only in their respective
positions.

Now, it appears from Ps 110:1, Matt 22:41-16, and Phil 2:8-11 that David has been
placed under one of his sons; and that's because David's superiority was limited to
the Earth, whereas Christ's superiority is unlimited. (Dan 7:13-14, John 3:35, 1Cor
15:27, Phil 2:8-11, Heb 1:2)
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Col 1:15 . . He is the firstborn of all creation

The Greek word translated "firstborn" in that verse is prototokos, which never
means created first; no, it always means born first. The correct Greek word for
created first is protoktistos.

The average JW probably doesn't know the difference between prototokos and
protoktistos; and no doubt would care little about it anyway. To some; born first
and created first are essentially one and the same.

The thing to note is that "firstborn" doesn't always refer to birth order. The term
also refers to pay grade, so to speak, and as such is transferrable from an elder
sibling to a younger, e.g. Esau to Jacob (Gen 25:23) Manasseh to Ephraim (Gen
48:13-14) and Reuben to Joseph (Gen 49:3-4, 1Chr 5:1).

The people of Israel are God's firstborn nation (Ex 4:22) and David is God's
firstborn king (Ps 89:20-27). But neither David nor the people of Israel are, or
were, the firstborn of all creation; they were firstborns only in their respective
positions.

Now, it appears from Ps 110:1, Matt 22:41-16, and Phil 2:8-11 that David has been
placed under one of his sons; and that's because David's superiority was limited to
the Earth, whereas Christ's superiority is unlimited. (Dan 7:13-14, John 3:35, 1Cor
15:27, Phil 2:8-11, Heb 1:2)
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