Who is the Image of the Inivisible God, the Firstborn of Every Creature
Colossians 1:15: "Who is the image of the inivisible God, the firstborn #4416 of every creature." KJV
4416 Protokos; the photos (4413), first, and tikto (5088), to bear, bring forth. The firstborn of man or beast (Heb. 11:28) As applied to Christ
1)" In respect of His being the firstborn of the virgin without excluding, however, the following higher sense in which He was eminently the firstborn (Matt. 1:25; Luke 2:7)
2) He is called the first-begotten or the firstborn of the the whole creation (Col. 1:15), in that He existed before all things, and everything both in heaven and earth were created by Him. Furthermore, He was foreordained to inherit all things and to have the preeminence in all things, because all things were created unto Him or for Him (eis auton), as well as by Him (di' autou) See Colossians 1:16 - 18. With the same meaning He is spoken of absolutely as the firstborn (ton prototolon) in Hebrews 1:6.
(3) Christ is also called protokos ek ton nekron, the firstborn or first begotten from the dead in regard to His being the first who rose from the dead, no more to die; being the first to arise to an immortal and incorruptible life. All those who were raised from the dead later died again, having had only a sample of the resurrection that is yet to come. The Lord Jesus, however, rose and did not become subject to death again (Col. 1:18, Rev. 1:5, cf. Acts 26:23; Rom. 6:9; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23).
(4) This title is applied to Christ in respect of His being the firstborn among many brethren, both in holiness and glory (Rom. 8:29). The above are all the references where prototokos speaks of Christ.
Protokos also refers to saints. Saints are called the firstborn because under the law the firstborn were peculiarly appropriated to God and were heirs of a double honor and inheritance (Heb. 12:23, cf. Ex 4:22).