What does it mean that Jesus is before all things (Colossians 1:17)?
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
1/ Rewarded with the gift of immortality
The first one described in the Bible as rewarded with the gift of immortality is Jesus Christ. That he did not possess immortality before his resurrection by God is seen from the inspired apostle’s words at Romans 6:9 NASB " knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. " (Compare Revelation 1:17-18.)
Revelation 1:17-18 NET
When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but[b]
he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the
first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! was dead, but look, now
I am alive—forever and ever—and I hold the keys of death and of
2/ Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God
Revelation 3:14 ASV
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith
the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation
3/ The first to be raised from the dead as a spirit to endless and immortal life in heaven.
1 Peter 3:18 NASB
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all time, the just for the
unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in
the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Revelation 1:5 ASV
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the
dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and
released us from our sins by His blood.
4/ Exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
Philippians 2:9-11 NET
As a result God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is
above every name 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will
bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue
confes that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
5/ Exalted , second only to God,everything put in subjection to him by God.
1 Corinthians 15:27 NET
27 For he has put everything in subjection under his feet. But when it
says “everything” has been put in subjection, it is clear that this
does not include the one who put everything in subjection to him.
6/ First to be raised from the dead by God.
Acts 3:15 NASB
15 but put to death the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead,
[b]a fact to which we are witnesses.
7/ By being faithful to the end includung his sacrifice , God annointed him as King and Priest in Heaven
Hebrews 5:1 NASB
5 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of
people in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and
sacrifices for sins;
Hebrews 7:26 NASB
26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy,
innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the
Hebrews 1:8-9 ASV
8 But of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;
And the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of thy kingdom. 9
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God,
thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy