Was Christ Created (Colossians 1:15)?
Paul wrote, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15). This verse should be understood in a way that brings it wholly in harmony with the context of this chapter and the general teaching of Scripture. In the context of Colossians 1, Christ is here presented as the Creator of all and as preceding creation (John 1:1–3, 14).
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). The entire universe (all things, material or immaterial), exist because of Him. All things find their end in relation to Him. The exercise of creative power is proof of His divinity.
The prophet Micah clearly sets forth the pre-existence of the One who was to be born in Bethlehem. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). The “goings forth” of Christ reach to eternity in the past. From the days of eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father.
The Alpha and Omega
Jesus declared, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 also 22:13 ). The Alpha and the Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, used as pointing to the Son as the Creator of all things and as the beginning and final revelation of God to men. The Father and the Son both share these timeless attributes.
The First and the Last
In the New Testament, Jesus proclaimed, “I am the First and the Last” (Revelation 1:17). And in the Old Testament He declared, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). Christ existed from the eternal past.
The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
Throughout God’s Word, Christ is presented as divine and One with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Inspiration tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). And because He never changes His Word never changes.
The Beginning and the End
Christ is “the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). Thus, He was before the creation of “all things” (John 1: 3), before any and every other “beginning,” that is, eternity past. Thus, Christ has ever been God.
The Eternal Word
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). John stresses the continuous, timeless, unlimited existence of Christ prior to His incarnation. In eternity past, there was no point before which it could be said that He (the Word) was not.
Therefore, according to the Scriptures, “first born” (Greek prōtotokos) in Colossians 1:15, should be understood as a figurative expression describing Jesus Christ as the first in rank, or the first in a royal family. Christ’s position is unique, authoritative, and absolute. The Son of God has been entrusted with all prerogatives and authority in heaven and earth. Paul stresses the position of Christ because he wanted to refute the arguments of the false teachers, who stated that Christ was created.
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