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In Colossians 1:15, what does “firstborn of every creature” mean?

The phrase in question is prōtotokos pasēs ktiseōs. But does this mean "firstborn of every creature" (distributive, as in the KJV), or "firstborn of all creation" (collective, as in ASV, RSV, NASB, ...
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What does John 1:3 mean by "through" logos everything is made?

Thayer explains that when δι ("through") is used in the genitive it can describe "the Means or Instrument by which anything is effected," and is used specifically of "one who is the author of the ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

There are two very different approaches to studying the Bible, eisegesis and exegesis. Most other answers will use the former approach, but that isn't necessarily the right one. You need to ...
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What does "image" mean in "He is the image of the invisible God", Colossians 1:15?

Note the deliberate irony in the phrase: "image of the invisible ...". This is literally impossible. So what does it mean? The simplest answer is given by the simple but profound statement ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

It's clear that what has been "nailed to the cross", is also that which has been "taken out of the way", which is the cheirographos which has been obliterated (or been "cancelled out" in the NASB), i....
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Greek question Colossians 1:23

The relevant text of Col 1:23 is: τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ κτίσει The verb κηρυχθέντος (keruchthentos) is part of the verb κηρύσσω (kérussó). In Col 1:23 it occurs as a Verb - Aorist Participle ...
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What does John 1:3 mean by "through" logos everything is made?

The Greek reads: παντα δι αυτου εγενετο και χωρις αυτου εγενετο ουδε εν ο γεγονεν which has the literal reading: All [things] through him him came into being and without him came into being not ...
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What does the word "prototokos" mean in Colossians 1:15?

We have difficulty, in our typically "Western" way of thinking, understanding the biblical concept of "firstborn," particularly in how the word functioned in the history of the Jewish people. To ...
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What was nailed to the cross in Colossians 2:14?

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; - KJV The reference to “handwriting of ordinances”...
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Are there exegetical differences between "God and the Father" and "God the Father"?

Let me begin by listing all four verses you quote with my very (overly?) literal translation: Col 1:3, Εὐχαριστοῦμεν τῷ Θεῷ Πατρὶ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν προσευχόμενοι, = We ...
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What does it mean that Jesus is before all things (Colossians 1:17)?

The phrase, "He is before all things" (αὐτός ἐστιν πρὸ πάντων) has been interpreted in two broad ways: Christ exceeds all things in moral and authoritarian dignity Christ temporally ...
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Buried with Him by/in baptism - Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12

First, both nouns have the same meaning because they both the same noun but in different grammatical cases: Rom 6:4 - βαπτίσματος = genitive neuter singular = "of baptism" Col 2:12 - ...
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Colossians 1:18; "the firstborn from the dead" literal or symbolic?

To answer your question, it is both literal and symbolic. The phrase, "firstborn" can mean literally the "first one to be alive from the process of birthing." Of course, "...
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Colossians 1:20 reconciling "things in heaven"

The simplest answer to this question is found in Eph 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s ...
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Does Colossians 1:15, refer to the Genesis creation, or merely present Jesus as the beginning of those raised from the dead?

The text itself answers the question, although there is a question (or two) about which text is used. Fortunately, the translation that adds the word "other" to the passage five times (...
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What does “in bodily form” mean in Colossians 2:9?

The one of the key words here is the “fullness” or “entirety” (πλήρωμα) for if the Lord Jesus Christ is not God per se, but participates in divine features and has, thus, a participatory deity as a ...
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What is the meaning of "received" in Colossians 2:6?

λαμβάνω, lambano Strong 2983 conveys a 'taking hold of' as Matthew 7:8 when Jesus expresses : ... everyone that asketh, receiveth [Matthew 7:8 KJV] With the addition of the sun- prefix this becomes ...
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What does the term "principalities and powers" mean?

Arche and dunamis : Arche, I take it, is the Office and Archon the personage. Arche is that which is not only foundational, archetypal, it also has absolute precedence. Thus, that which comes after ...
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Is it necessary to assert that Paul has never been to Colossae when this letter is written?

What sets the Epistle to the Colossians apart is a sense of personal distance, with not so much as a suggestion anywhere in the epistle that Paul was writing to people he knew personally, at least not ...
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How can we reconcile Colossians 4:11 & Titus 1:10?

No, there is no contradiction here. Some Jews became part of the early Church and supported Paul's mission; many Jews didn't, and opposed Paul's mission. This is abundantly clear even from the most ...
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What does John 1:3 mean by "through" logos everything is made?

In Septuagint we see a certain kind of difference between God and His Word, for example Psalm 36:5 τῷ λόγῳ τοῦ κυρίου οἱ οὐρανοὶ ἐστερεώθησαν ("by the word of the Lord the heavens were established") ...
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What is Jesus being credited with here? Col 1:16

The message is clarified in the last part of the scripture: "all things have been created through him and for him" "On earth" is in contrast to "in heaven", and represents the same idea as "visible ...
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Colossians 2:5 I am present with you in spirit. Is this literal or metaphor?

The apostle Paul could have used many prepositions, but he used σὺν, and in doing so, it is hard to fathom he meant anything but a literal presence with those in Colosse. Of course, when I say “...
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Why did Jesus create Judas only for the predestined purpose of being doomed to destruction - based on [Colossians 1:15-20] + [John 13:27, 17:12]?

We Don't See the Big Picture as God Does Perhaps we should recognize that God's foreknowledge does not demand predestination (yes, we were predestined to be saved if we appropriated that salvation ...
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Why did Jesus create Judas only for the predestined purpose of being doomed to destruction - based on [Colossians 1:15-20] + [John 13:27, 17:12]?

The question is a classical example of a logical trap called "complex question" (I do not say that you intentionally and malignantly make this trap, of course, far from it!), that is to say ...
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