JESUS CHRIST IN CREATION, COLOSSIANS 1:15-18
“For He chose Us in Him before the creation of the world… In love predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.” Ephesian 1:4-5
SIX REASONS WHY COLOSSIANS 1:15-18 ADDRESSES THE PREDESTINED CREATION IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND NOT THE LITERAL CREATION IN GENESIS 1.
REASON 1 – PAUL FIRST ANNOUNCED CHRIST AS “THE FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION.”
Since Christ could not have been literally born twice, once before creation began, and once in Bethlehem, the words, “the firstborn of all creation” indicate that Christ was firstborn in God’s predestined plan before his actual birth. Jesus was already firstborn before the actual creation of the world in the same sense that Revelation 13:8 says that Jesus was already “the Lamb slain from the creation of the world”. Just as Jesus could not have been “slain” twice, so he could not have been “born” twice. Thus proving that Paul was not addressing the literal act of the creation in Genesis one, but the predestined creation of all things in Christ by God’s prophetic plan before He actually created all physical things.
REASON 2 – THE GREEK PREPOSITION “EN” PROVES THAT ALL THINGS WERE CREATED IN GOD’S MIND VIA HIS PREDESTINED PLAN.
Colossians 1:16 says, “For in (the Greek preposition “en” means “in”) him all things were created” rather than “by” or “through” him. When someone makes or creates things through someone else as his agent, he does not say that “in him” (in the agent) the things were created. For physical things cannot be said to be created “in” someone (created within him), unless it is addressing things being created “in” his mind or heart. Thus proving that Paul was not addressing the physical creation of “all things” when he wrote in Colossians 1:16, “For IN HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED …” Paul used the same Greek preposition “en” which literally means “in” to describe God’s elect as having already been chosen in Christ before the actual creation took place. Ephesians 1:4-5, “He chose us in (en) Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world …”
REASON 3 – THE VISIBLE THRONES, LORDS, AND RULERS OF ALL HUMAN HISTORY WERE CREATED IN CHRIST.
Colossians 1:16 says, “For in (Greek “en” means “in”) him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or lords or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him (dia) and for him.” Paul could not have been referring to the Genesis act of creation in Colossians 1:16 because human thrones, lords, rulers, and authorities were not literally walking around in the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter one. Hence, the context of this passage proves that Paul was addressing the pre-creation of all human ages in and through Christ before those ages actually took place.
REASON 4 – THE INVISIBLE ANGELS WERE CREATED IN CHRIST.
We know that the angels were not actually created before the Genesis narrative in Genesis chapter one. Paul could not have been referring to the Genesis act of creation because Colossians 1:16 states that the “invisible” angelic rulers and authorities were also created in Christ, through Christ, and for Christ.
REASON 5 – PAUL USED THE SAME WORDS IN EPHESIANS 1:4-5 TO DESCRIBE GOD’S ELECT BEING CHOSEN IN AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AS IN COLOSSIANS 1:16.
Ephesians 1:4-5 describes our Heavenly Father as having already “predestined” His elect “IN (en) Him (Christ)” and “through (dia) Jesus Christ” “before the foundation of the world.” Ephesians 1:4-5, “He chose us IN (en) HIM (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him in love. HE PREDESTINED US to adoption as sons THROUGH (dia) JESUS CHRIST to Himself …” If God’s elect can be “predestined … THROUGH (DIA) JESUS CHRIST,” then so could the entire creation be “predestined … THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.”
Colossians 1:16, “For IN (en) HIM (CHRIST) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or lords or rulers or authorities; all things have been created THROUGH (dia) HIM (CHRIST) and for him.” Notice that Paul used the same Greek prepositions “EN” (IN) and “DIA” (THROUGH) to describe God choosing His elect “IN” CHRIST and “THROUGH JESUS CHRIST” in Ephesians 1:4-5; just as He predestined the entire creation of all things “IN” CHRIST and “THROUGH (dia)” CHRIST in Colossians 1:16. The word “Christ” is actually used in Ephesians 1:5 which means “anointed one.” We know that an alleged God the Son could not have been anointed until after his actual birth (Heb. 1:9). Thus proving that the Father first pre-created all things IN and THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (through the human Son in a predestined sense) which was His predestined plan for the ages before the physical creation actually took place in Genesis one.
REASON 6 – THE SON COULD NOT HAVE CREATED ALL THINGS IN THE CONTEXT OF COLOSSIANS 1:17-18 BECAUSE THE SON IS CALLED “THE BEGINNING, THE FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD.”
Colossians 1:17-18, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn (prototokos is also translated in verse 15 as “firstborn”) from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place [Greek verb próteuó (prote-yoo'-o) “preeminence,” “chief”] in everything.”
It is nonsensical to believe that a pre-incarnate Son could have created all things in the context of Colossians 1:17-18 while being called “the firstborn from the dead.” For Jesus is “before all things” in the sense of being “the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have the first place in everything.”
This passage does not speak of an alleged God the Son creating all things as God’s agent, as it speaks of the human Son being “the firstborn from the dead.” It is hard to imagine how an alleged coequal God the Son would not have already had the “first place in everything” as the Creator in the context of Colossians 1:15-18. Jesus could not have created all things as the Father’s agent in creation while being called “the firstborn from the dead.”
Wherefore, Jesus as a Son was “before all things” in “the beginning” because he was already conceived in the mind of God as “the firstborn from the dead,” and as “the beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14)” before he actually was born and resurrected from the dead.