Colossians 1:1-2:5, Psalm 94


Jehovah's witnesses are one modern group that claims they believe the authority of scriptures, but yet deny that Jesus is God. If you have ever come across resources teaching you how to engage these folks standing in front of our bus stops, you have almost definitely been told to point them to Colossians 1:15-20. Jesus is the one that Paul says this about, “in him all things were created.” (Colossians 1:16) The choice of the word all implies nothing was created apart from Jesus, even Jesus Himself. Thus it serves to reason Jesus couldn't have been created. Yet there is one problem with this; in Colossians 1:15 Jesus is called the “firstborn over all creation”. Lest we dismay as those who believe adamantly Jesus is the one though “veiled in flesh”, through Him “the Godhead” is seen, we should remember that the firstborn is the one in charge over all that is the Father's. Paul isn't saying Jesus was created and then not created, but rather that Jesus is the one who owns all that belongs to the Father. That makes sense because Paul would immediately tell us thereafter that in Him all things hold together and he is one who makes reconciles of all the universe to God possible. I would say Jesus is deserving of all the rights of the firstborn, for the Father was please to have “all His fullness dwell in Him”. Amen.