In Colossians 1:15, we very clearly see how Paul defined, described and clarified the clear difference, between Jesus as being the IMAGE of His ONE TRUE INVISIBLE GOD, and proving Jesus is NOT the ONE TRUE GOD.
Please may I share my research on Colossians 1-15.
If you haven’t already made up your mind to what you already believe, I pray at least my research will encourage you to open your mind and heart and consider the following Biblical facts.
And with your own research, please let me know what I don’t know.
There are many different views and beliefs to what Paul meant in Colossians 1-15 ,16, and 17, by many different faiths.
Lets kick off with Colossians 1-15.
English Standard Version He is the (image) of the invisible God,
Jesus: is the (image) of the invisible God,
This is not at all complicated, as the Greek word for (εἰκὼν image) simply means likenesses, copy, duplicate, exactly like something else, (ONE) of two or more identical things.
So Jesus is the (εἰκὼν image), likenesses, copy, duplicate, exactly, identically, like his Father GOD.
He is the image of the (invisible God),
We already see and notice how Paul DOES NOT SAY: Jesus IS THE INVISIBLE GOD. Which is what we would expect Paul to say, IF JESUS WERE GOD.
GOD is Spirit said Jesus John 4:24, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom (no one has ever seen or can see). To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:16.
Note: (no one has ever seen or can see).
Also Note what we also read in 1 Timothy 1:17
To the King of the ages, immortal, (invisible), the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
So we read in all three scriptures Colossians 1:15, 1 Timothy 6:16 and 1 Timothy 1:17 that GOD the Father is the (invisible God), which is why (no one has ever seen or can see).
We clearly read how GOD the Father is the only invisible God.
This is confirmed by Jesus in John 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
And we know that MAN is not invisible, which is why millions could see Jesus, because He was a MAN.
As Jesus is the (εἰκὼν image) of His GOD, and was a MAN, This proves He is the visible, and physical form of His Father GOD.
Just as we are told in Hebrews 1:3, He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Facts to consider:
Here are some simple facts for those who believe and teach Jesus is GOD.
Being the (image) of something or being the (image) of someone, means that or they are not the same thing or being they are the (image) of.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26.
As Man was also made in the image of GOD, we humans are not GOD.
The first part of Paul’s verse saying: He is the (image) of the invisible God, in Colossians 1:15 is an undeniable, indisputable fact, proving Jesus Christ is NOT the same GOD He was born from, but as GOD and His Son have always declared Jesus is the literal Son of His one true GOD, Matthew 3:17, Luke 3:22, Matthew 17:5, John 10:36, John 17:3.
As Jesus is the exact (εἰκὼν image), imprint, nature, likenesses, copy, duplicate, the visible, and physical form, Philippians 2:6, exactly, identically, just like his Father GOD, these simple Biblical facts prove Colossians 1-15 proves Jesus is NOT that same GOD He is the exact (εἰκὼν image) of.
We continue with Colossians 1-15 saying: the firstborn of all creation.
What did Paul mean: the firstborn of all creation?
The simple answer is in the verses below:
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. Colossians 1:18
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15-20:
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:23
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:29
that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:23.
and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Revelation 1:5
Facts to consider:
Colossians 1-15 saying: the firstborn of all creation.
Here are some simple facts for those who believe and teach Colossians 1-15 means Jesus is the first ever born Son of GOD.
There are NO sayings, or words or verses by GOD “Yahweh’’ the Father saying or teaching His Son Jesus was WITH GOD before all creation, as we would expect GOD to say if Jesus pre-existed His flesh, but instead GOD always says He was on His own, by myself, just as we read in just a few verses of many like Psalm 72:18, Psalm 86:10.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself, Isaiah 44:24
There are NO sayings, or words or verses by Jesus saying He was ALIVE, and WITH His Father GOD “Yahweh’’ before the creation of the world, but instead that GOD created all things with His Begotten SON Jesus in MIND, as the most important MAN to be born in His GREAT PLAN (because in him were all things created Colossians 1:16),
Because: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 1 Peter 1:20.
Notice how we read Jesus was foreknown, and instead we do not read Jesus was alive and living WITH GOD before the foundation of the world.
The Greek word for (προγινώσκω foreknown) simply means to know beforehand, just as we read Jesus was revealed in the countless Bible Prophesies, as the most important MAN and person to be born in GOD Almighty’s great PLAN.
The TRUE Meaning and Misunderstanding of Colossians 1:16 and 1:17.