Friday, July 24, 2015

Was Jesus Born?- Understanding Colossians 1:15

Colossians 1:15 states:

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation."

At first glance, this verse seems to be saying that Jesus was "born" and if this is the case, He cannot be an eternal being i.e. God as Christians claim.

However, as James Boccardo explains, this is clearly not the case:

"Another translation of this word for 'firstborn' could be 'ruler.'  One of the reasons it's translated 'firstborn' is because this word has to do with the inheritance rights of the firstborn in a family during biblical times.  Think Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob here.  It is being used here in Colossians to refer to Jesus as the one who has the rights over all creation.  It does not have to do with Him being created.

The best verse...here is Psalms 89:27.  It is talking about David:

"I also shall make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth."

In this verse, the word for 'firstborn' is the same word that's used to describe Jesus in Colossians 1:15. What's the big deal?  David wasn't the firstborn in his family!  To make it even worse, David was the last born.  Clearly, this word means something different than being born first or created.  It means 'ruler' or 'one who has the rights to something.'" [1]

So, the next time a Mormon or Jehovah's Witness comes knocking on your door, you'll be ready!

But what about when when John writes "only begotten Son?"  See here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Footnote:
1. James Boccardo, Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel, p. 150-151.

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