Christ is also refereed to as the frirstborn.
Who is the aimage of the invisible bGod, the cfirstborn of devery creature:
aFor whom he did bforeknow, he also cdid predestinate d conformed to the eimage of his Son, that he might be the ffirstborn among many brethren.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all he might have the preeminence.
1 Peter 1:20
aWho verily was bforeordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
I think there is some interesting ideas in these scriptures. First, that Christ is in the image of God and that he is the firstborn. Second, that he was foreordained as the firstborn, and that that happened before the world was created. In the LDS doctrine, that idea seems to pretty clearly show that Christ lived before this world was created and that he was in fact created by God the Father, and that he was the first to be created in his image. Also, we get the idea he was predestined to fulfill his role as Savior.
Following is an example of how LDS doctrine describes this relationship:
After reading another Christian's commentary, I realize that they choose to interpret the idea of being the first born differently. The idea that God created Christ is inconsistent with this person's believe, so they choose to look at these scriptures more symbolical rather than literally.
Here's what he had to say:
"He does not say that, in all respects, he resembled the first-born in a family; nor does he say that he himself was a creature"
For me, this just testifies that in order to understand the true relationship with God and Christ, we need to also be involved with speaking to God and receiving answers to our own prayers.
How has your understanding of Christ been influenced through prayer? I think I'm going to take this week to do my own praying in the hopes that I might come to a better understanding of what the doctrine of Christ as the firstborn really means, and what it means to me personally.