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The Supremacy of Christ Part 2 “The Firstborn”


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In this message Pastor Pete explores three powerful points about the nature of Jesus being the “firstborn over all creation.” The Supremacy of Christ cannot fully be understood unless people understand the importance of Christ as the firstborn. Therefore this message specifically ties this important but frequently overlooked truth about Christ to his supremacy. Below you will see a sample from the first few pages of the sermon outline. Please understand that your download will be in Microsoft Word format and the outlining will look much better than it does below. Your outline is fully customizable and includes all illustrations, scripture, and other aids that Pastor Pete used to preach this message on the Supremacy of Christ.


INTRO: How many of you in the room today are the firstborn in your family. You are the oldest, which naturally makes you the smartest, strongest, best looking, and most deserving right?

I am the oldest of four boys in my family so I know how you feel. People have done lots of studies on us firstborn types. Here is some of what they discovered.

  1. Confident
  2. Determined
  3. Born Leader
  4. Organized
  5. Eager to Please
  6. Likes to Avoid Trouble

If you’re a first-born, these feelings may be familiar:

  • “Everyone depends on me.”
  • “I can’t get away with anything.”
  • “I don’t get to be a kid.”
  • “Why do I have to do it? Nobody else does anything around here.”
  • “How come I’m responsible for what my little brother or sister did?”


Colossians 1:15–17 (NET) —15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, 16for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him—all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers—all things were created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him.


While being the firstborn child means different things about our nature and character as humans, it means a great deal about the nature and character of Jesus Christ as well. Our text clearly says that he is the firstborn, and most of us have accepted that truth but very few have actually taken the time to consider what that means.

So today we will look at three things concerning the supremacy of Jesus Christ as the firstborn….

All of our points come straight from the text and the first is this… As the FIRST BORN HE IS…


I) Over All Things

A)  Colossians 1:15 (NET) —15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,

1)   He is over all creation!

(i) Now as the firstborn child in your family you probably thought you were over all creation.

(a) IF you have an older brother or sister you know what I am talking about…

¨   They are bossy

¨   They are head strong

¨   They are always going around acting like they are over all creation…

Þ  Especially your world right…

  1. a.    But we all know that they are not over all creation
  2. b.    And deep down they know it too…
    1. i.     But Jesus
    2. ii.   King of Kings

iii. Lord of Lords

  1. iv.  Alpha and Omega
  2. v.    Prince of Peace
  3. c.    Actually is over all creation!
    1. i.     Luke tells us…

B)  Luke 2:7 (NET) —7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

1)   That just means he was the oldest…

(i) He was Mary’s first baby

(ii) He was the older brother

(iii) HE was the first born to Joseph

(a) But our text in Colossians is about much more than that!

¨   Look at what God said about King David in Psalms 89…

C)  Psalm 89:27 (NET) —27I will appoint him to be my firstborn son, the most exalted of the earth’s kings.

1)   David was not the first born but the last,

D)  1 Samuel 16:10–13 (NET) —10Jesse presented seven of his sons to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Is that all of the young men?” Jesse replied, “There is still the youngest one, but he’s taking care of the flock.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we cannot turn our attention to other things until he comes here.” 12So Jesse had him brought in. Now he was ruddy, with attractive eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said, “Go and anoint him. This is the one!” 13So Samuel took the horn full of olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers. The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day onward. Then Samuel got up and went to Ramah.

1)   He was the baby … But God determined to give him a place of unique supremacy, primacy, and sovereignty. Over all other kings of the earth!

(i) So we can see that even though Jesus was the firstborn in his family that is not all that this text is about…

(a) Being called the firstborn over all creation, means much more!

¨   Like the designation with David our text today shows the supremacy of Christ not simply his birth order.

¨   Jesus is the FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION for 2 main reasons….


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