Does Colossians 1.15-19 Mean Jesus Preexisted and Created the Universe?

Multiple issues arise in Colossians 1.15-19 that have caused many Bible readers to think Paul therein teaches that Jesus preexisted and created the universe. From this they conclude that only God does that, so Jesus must be God. But Paul does not mean any of that. This text, which is about Jesus, reads as follows in the New American Standard Bible:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, … [Read more...]

Since God Almighty Is Invisible, Jesus Being God Is Impossible

The Bible says no sinful, mortal human has ever literally seen God. For example, the Gospel of John says, "No man has seen God at any time" (John 1.18). The Bible further declares that sinful people literally cannot see God and continue to live. Yet most Christians have believed that Jesus was God. How could Jesus have been God if many people saw him and didn’t instantly die?The Bible relates several incidents in which people thought they literally saw God when they really saw “the angel of t … [Read more...]