Romans 8:29

Romans 8:29: "For whom he" [God] "did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son," [Jesus Christ] "that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."

Colossians 1:3, 18

Colossians 1:3: "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,"

Colossians 1:18: "And he" [Jesus Christ] "is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."