15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things … (Colossians 1).
Jesus could not be both a part “of all creation” as well as the Creator of “all things.” Therefore, the emphasis of the phrase “firstborn of all creation” cannot be on creation, but that He is the firstborn of it—that is, that He is preeminently above it. He is “before all things,” taking preeminence over them. God referred to David, the youngest of eight sons, as “My firstborn” (Psalm 89:27), because David took preeminence over Saul, and it was his kingdom, and not Saul’s, that He was establishing forever. It is about a preeminence in Position.
It is about a preeminence in Power, for any and all “thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities” that exist, do so in order to serve Him. They could not do otherwise, since it is impossible for a power to create any power above itself.
And since “all things have been created … for Him,” they also all belong to Him. Thus, it is about a preeminence in Possession. All things—every single molecule, whether celestial or physical in nature—every single one of them belongs to Him.
Lord, we acknowledge Your supreme preeminence in position, power, and possession. Help us This Day to live in total submission to You, for You are indeed worthy. Amen.