The Joshua Stone
The First and the Last
We have to determine the context of which Jesus is called the firstborn, and we will find three differing appointments, one denoting his being first created, the next his being the firstborn from the dead, and lastly his position over all things. The word "firstborn" (Greek word "prototokos") signifies priority, birth, or position. In ancient Israel, the firstborn was the first physically born, or even a younger child who gained the position away from an older brother. The firstborn possessed the inheritance and leadership, and wasn't always the first born physically, but could be either.
Was Jesus always the firstborn in the sense of being the one with the birth right of ruling? Apparently not;
Psm 89:26, 27 "He will call out to me, 'You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.' And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth." (NIV)
You see here in Psm 89 that Jesus is appointed to be firstborn, something that appears he did not always have. Jesus was not always appointed as ruler or inheritor of Gods kingdom.
However, bottled up in the first prophecy at Gen 3:15 was Jehovah's entire plan to bring sin to an end, and in there included Christ Jesus eventual rule as firstborn over all creation, denoting position.
As to our Lords inheritance of Gods kingdom and means by which to end sin, we read;
Rom 8:29 "because those whom he gave his first recognition he also foreordained to be patterned after the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."
Now ask yourself, what does it take to be a son of God?
Gen 6:1,2 "Now when men started to grow in number on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, the sons of the true God began to notice that the daughters of men were beautiful."
Christ Jesus being the son of God, does not necessarily in itself tell you he was firstly created, for again, the context is what matters.
Mrk 11:10, 11 "And immediately on coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens being parted and, like a dove, the spirit coming down upon him. And a voice came out of the heavens: “You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.”
What does Jehovah mean in Mark when he calls Jesus his Son?
MTh 28:18 "Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth."
Here Jesus is spoken of as gaining the firstborn inheritance, THE Son of God, not simply a son of God. The context of which an individual is called a son of God must be taken into consideration.
Christ Jesus's life is a pattern for those who were preordained from Gen 3:15 in order to be fashioned after the firstborn in rule. So therefore the Word was a prince among many, a son of God, who happened to be a master worker before Jehovah, who just so happen to be the first creation, but it was not till he came to this earth that he became the first Son, in that of a ruling angel, an archangel, after he became the firstborn from the dead...
If Christ Jesus is a trinity of anything, it's to himself, for we are told he is firstborn in three different ways;
1Col 1:15-20 "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."
All of this just enforces the understanding that Michael's position changed from the OT to the NT, for no one was appointed as ruler over Gods kingdom until Jesus was made so.
Rev 1:4,5 "May you have undeserved kindness and peace from “the One who is and who was and who is coming,” and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, “the Faithful Witness,” “the firstborn from the dead,” and “the Ruler of the kings of the earth."