Colossians 1 15: The Firstborn of all Creation

Colossians 1:15 calls Jesus “the firstborn of all creation.” Does this verse teach that Jesus is a created being?

THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION- Interpretations
The expression “firstborn of all creation” in Colossians 1:15 has been interpreted in three different ways. First, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups have argued that it means that Jesus was the first creature created by God. Well, a text without a context is a pretext, and this definitely does not fit the context. After saying that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, Paul adds in verse 16, “Because all things were created in Him.” It simply makes no sense to say that Christ is the first creature because everything was created in Him. This is so obvious that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have added the word “other” four times to verses 16 and 17 to make Paul say that all other things were created in Christ.

THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION- Created Head of Creation?
The second explanation is that Christ is called the “firstborn of all creation” because, as the exalted incarnate Son of God, He is both created and the head in all creation. This explanation is consistent with the orthodox view of Christ, since orthodox Christianity teaches that Jesus is both the Creator God and a real human being. However, since verse 16 says that all things were created through Christ, and verse 17 says that Christ is before all things, Paul seems to be speaking in verses 16 and 17 of what Christ always has been and not merely of what He has become since exalted as a man.

THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION- Eternal Son of God
The third explanation is that Christ is called the “firstborn of all creation” because the entire created universe was created in, through, and for Him as the eternal Son of God. This interpretation seems to fit the context and has been favored by the vast majority of biblical scholars. The one interpretation, of course, which is certainly wrong is the one which tries to make this verse prove that Jesus is not the Creator. On Colossians 1:15, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.