He is before all things.
The Amen, . . . the beginning of the creation of God.–The beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. . . . When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment. . . . I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him.–Yea, before the day [was] I [am] he.
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.–The author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Col 1:17 Re 3:14 Col 1:18 Pr 8:22,23,27-30 Isa 43:13 Re 13:8 Heb 12:2