The Truth about Colossians 1:15-16





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Published on Aug 8, 2013

The Genesis ACT of creation is not even on Paul's radar in Colossians 1:16. Trinitarians and the Watchtower are making a very grievous blunder. The creating which Paul is talking about in verse 16 is the reconciliation of all the world (kosmos) by God to Himself, in, through, and for, the crucified and risen Christ (see 2 Cor 5:17-19), new creations in Christ, created in the risen Christ, the regeneration of the kosmos (cf. Matthew 19:26-28). Compare Col 1:16 to 1:20.

The "firstborn of all creation" in v. 15 refers to Jesus as the firstborn out of the dead (v.18) and it is IN this firstborn out of the dead, the risen Jesus, that all are created, created in the risen Christ just as we Christians are those who were reconciled to God = created in Christ (Eph 2:10). The risen Christ is before all creation in rank, positionally above all creation in rank and therefore pre-eminent over all because he has risen above every single thing when he sat down on his Father's throne. "I will make him my firstborn, the highest of the Kings of the earth." Psalm 89:27 (see Acts 13:30-33; Heb 1:4-5 - God begat Jesus out of the dead which is why he is called the "firstborn" out of the dead). Jesus the firstborn of many brothers is King and that is where the authority comes for us to become the children of God.

The Greek word ktsis ("creation") was used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the founding of cities, states, city-states and their governmental bodies (see 1 Peter 2:13) which is precisely what Paul is talking about in verse 16.

Paul leads into this passage referring to the Son's Kingdom, that is, the Son's heavenly authority. Verse 16 is about the heavenly authority structures of the Beloved Son's Kingdom where Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God above them all. The angels are now HIS angels because he has been placed above them all by sitting on God's throne and they are now his subjects having been subjected to him. This is why Paul says he is "before" all; he is above them all and has become superior to them all (see Heb 1:4) such that he is pre-eminent in all creation. He has become superior to the angels and for that reason God's angels must bow down to him (Heb 1:6); he has risen in position to be above them all and they have been subjected to him. See 1 Peter 3:22. The most wonderful part of it all is that we are seated with him in the heavenlies and for that reason the angels are ministering servants to us (Heb 1:14). And that is also why we, the body of Christ, will be judging the angels, we who REIGN WITH CHRIST.

Why Paul is talking about this in Colossians and Ephesians:
The kosmos ("world") came to be under the authority of darkness with Satan as ruler of the kosmos and the Kingdoms of the kosmos (cf. Luke 4:5-6; John 12:31;14:30; 16:11; Eph 2:2; Col 1:13). This is the devil's kingdom. But in his death and resurrection, Jesus has defeated them in himself, he has defeated death and they have no power over him any longer, and through him God reconciled the kosmos to himself. We are transferred from the authority of darkness, this kosmos, to the Kingdom of God ruled by His Son seated at the right hand of God. We who have died with Jesus to this kosmos are not of this kosmos and we will reign with him which is why the kosmos hates us and so our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the cosmic powers of darkness. Jesus will reign until all his enemies are put under his feet. We are his army who put on the full armor of God not with fleshly weapons but the divine power of the Holy Spirit of God. And when the kosmos becomes the Kingdom of God and His Christ, the end will come. Revelation 11:15. He will raise all from the dead and the last enemy, death, will be defeated. 1 Cor 15:26-28. And God will be all in all. Hallelujah!


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