Category Archives: Colossians

Col. 1:15-20: Who is Man?

A right understanding of who Jesus is then becomes the starting point for rightly understanding who we as humans are.  Colossians 1:15-20 depicts Jesus’ relationship to creation and to the new creation, specifically the church.  He is the one and … Continue reading

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Col. 1:15-20: Jesus as Man

At the time of the writing of the book of Colossians, there were still men and women alive who had walked with Jesus and witnessed him eating, drinking, and sleeping.  Therefore, his humanity was easily attested to by living witnesses.  … Continue reading

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Col. 1:15-20: Jesus as God

The subject of greatest debate surrounding Colossians 1:15-20 is what it implies about the divinity of the man Jesus.  It was Jesus’ claim to be God that ultimately led to his crucifixion.  And it is belief in the reality and … Continue reading

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Col. 17-20: Transition to Christ and New Creation

The middle section of Col. 1:15-20 is marked by the repetition of “and he is” (καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν) at the beginning of verses 17 and 18.  The parallel language shows that these two verses should be read together.  The first … Continue reading

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Col. 1:15-16: Christ and Creation

The three part structure of Col. 1:15-20 helps us understand what Paul is trying to communicate through the poem.  The first stanza begins by describing Christ as the “image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (ὅς ἐστιν … Continue reading

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Colossians 1:15-20 – Structure

ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα εἴτε θρόνοι εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ἐξουσίαι τὰ πάντα δι’ αὐτοῦ … Continue reading

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