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note: All Scripture quoted is from the King James translation:

Colossians 1:18 KJV And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

In my studies I have noticed that Paul referred to Jesus as the firstborn.

Colossians 1:15 Romans. 8:29, Hebrews. 1:6.

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

I have wondered if Paul, was referring to being dead to sin or being dead physically and being resurrected to eternal life, Something even more elusive to me?

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In a family, the firstborn son had special privileges that set Him above all others.

Jesus, in ushering in the resurrection for all, had the privileges of that firstborn son.

Note: For a long time, I used to think of this strictly in chronological terms - but it isn't warranted. Elijah & Elisha resurrected dead people. Lazarus and Jairus' daughter were also raised before Jesus' resurrection - so it can't simply be a matter of being the first raised to physical life.

As to eternal life, which Jesus ushered in, sure - but not physical.

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Thanks for reminding me of those scriptures with more studying it can only be understood as referring Spiritual resurrection, Since the promise of Jesus was to give eternal life. –  BYE Nov 1 '14 at 15:40

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