****Colossians 1:12-20 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Jesus is the image of YAHWEH, an image is not the real thing itself like a photo is not the real person. We to were created in the image of YAHWEH. Jesus is also called the form of YAHWEH. Philippians 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, Jesus is the form of YAHWEH but not YAHWEH Himself in the same way having a form of godliness is not the real thing. 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Jesus is the firstborn of every creature but not in a biological sense for He was born of Mary but rather in a legal sense having to do with the inheritance. It's a Jewish custom to give all that belongs to the father to the firstborn. 2 Chronicles 21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn. Being firstborn in the legal term is a status. All throughout the Scriptures we find people losing their firstborn status for different reasons for example. 1 Chronicles 5:1 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. Genesis 25:31-33 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. So Jesus is the firstborn in status, where Adam messed up Jesus took over. ****for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities--all things were created through him and for him. All things were created through Jesus but not the things we now see but rather the the new creation the world to come the kingdom of God. Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Hebrews 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 2:5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. ****And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. When the bible says that Jesus is before all things it referring to superiority not time. We can see the thought of superiority in the context of the verse. Collisions 1:18 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. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.