Does Colossians 1:15 Prove Jesus Was Created ?

Some use Colossians 1:15 to teach that Jesus is a created being, noting there that Jesus is said to be the “firstborn of every creature.” But they are missing the point of the phrase.

“Firstborn over all creation” (NKJV) indicates that Jesus is supreme over all creatures (not that He was the first created being). This is “firstborn” in position not time, like Jeremiah 31:9 (“for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn”). However notice physically Ephraim was the younger and Manasseh was the firstborn – Genesis 48:14 (“And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head … for Manasseh was the firstborn”).

Colossians 1:16 explains the very point of verse 15 – “all things were created by him and for him.” The passage is saying Jesus is supreme over all creation!


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