Why should the words of the LORD spoken about the second-to-last king in Judah cause you to quickly gasp? Hint: his wickedness warranted a divine curse that poisoned a genealogical pipeline; and, if not properly understood, that fact could really cause consternation for those trying to celebrate the incarnation. As you read on you’ll see why God’s words concerning him could cause great concern for us. First, however, let’s create some context…
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s not only part of the opening line to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, it’s also a decent way of characterizing the historical backdrop for the book of Jeremiah. Only, the percentage of time that was good was much, much less than the time that wasn’t. I’ll explain why I say that and how we know that in a moment but first let’s quickly see how Jeremiah is introduced to us. He is the prophet whose words we read – “the words of Jeremiah” (1:1a) and the prophet “to whom the word of the LORD came” (1:2a). He was one of those holy men that Peter described who was carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:19-21), writing with his personality and writing style all intact, yet so sovereignly superintended that the result of his script was, none other than, God-breathed Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (Jn. 1:3)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Col. 1:15 NASB)
The answer to the question posed in the title of this teaching is “yes” – Jesus is eternal and He is the firstborn of all creation. While there isn’t a contradiction that exists between both of those suppositions, there can appear to be one if the use of the word firstborn in Colossians 1:15 is misunderstood.