- Apr 2, 2003
Whether "over" or "of" is irrelevant since it is the context that determines the meaning. And what you have done, what JW's do, is completely divorce verse 15 from the two that immediately follow it:And only 11 Bible translations which use â€œOver all creationâ€ (or its equivalent).
â€œFirstborn OVERâ€ is unscriptural, ungrammatical, and simply wishful thinking by some trinitarians who donâ€™t like the literal meaning of Col. 1:15.
Yes, some (not most) trinitarian Bibles translate Col. 1:15 as â€œfirstborn OVER all creation.â€ Those same Bibles, however, never use â€œfirstborn OVER â€¦â€ anywhere else in their translation!
Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Col 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesâ€”all things were created through him and for him.
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV)
The word "firstborn" also carries with it the idea of "preeminence" and all the privileges of one who is the firstborn of a family. However, there really is only one understanding of this passage, and that is trinitarian, as verses 16 and 17 immediately contradict and put to rest any notion that the Son is a created being. And that is in perfect agreement not only with John 1:1-3 and 1 Cor 8:6, but several other passages speaking of the deity of Christ and indeed best fits what the entirety of Scripture reveals about God.