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The Image of the Invisible God

Was Jesus merely a nice Jewish teacher who over time began to be worshiped as a kind of god by later generations, or was he thought of as a divine from the earliest days of Christianity? What can we learn about this by examining the earliest documents of the Christian faith? On this program the hosts discuss Paul’s view of the deity of Christ in their continuing series on The Incarnation (originally aired 11-27-16).

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The idea of Christ being the “firstborn of all creation,” as Paul states in Colossians 1:15, has caused a lot of confusion throughout church history. If there was a time when the Son of God was not, as many in the time of the Arian controversy had argued, then Jesus would not be co-eternal to the Father. But this is not the case. To understand what Paul meant, we have to understand his time period. In ancient history, the firstborn received all of the rights and privileges from the father, and a firstborn monarch inherited ruling sovereignty. So Paul isn’t saying that Jesus is the first created being, but rather that he is the true heir of all creation.

Justin Holcomb

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