Colossians 1:15

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Colossians 1:15

Who is the image of the inuisible God, the first borne of euery creature.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who is the image of the unseen God coming into existence before all living things;
- Basic English Bible

who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation;
- Darby Bible

Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature:
- Webster's Bible

Christ is the visible representation of the invisible God, the Firstborn and Lord of all creation.
- Weymouth Bible

who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
- World English Bible

Which is the ymage of God vnuysible, the first bigetun of ech creature.
- Wycliffe Bible

who is the image of the invisible God, first-born of all creation,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Colossians 1:15

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 1:15

1:15 Who is - By describing the glory of Christ, and his pre - eminence over the highest angels, the apostle here lays a foundation for the reproof of all worshippers of angels. The image of the invisible God - Whom none can represent, but his only begotten Son; in his divine nature the invisible image, in his human the visible image, of the Father. The first begotten of every creature - That is, begotten before every creature; subsisting before all worlds, before all time, from all eternity.

People's Bible Notes for Colossians 1:15

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God. He came in order to reveal the Father in his own person. See Joh 14:10 Heb 1:3. The love of God is revealed in Christ. He was the visible representative of the invisible God. The firstborn of every creature. The thought is that he existed before creation began; born of God instead of being created by the divine fiat; born before any creature was called into existence. The passage does not say that he was the first created, but the first-born. He was before creation. See Joh 1:1,2.

Discussion for Colossians 1

  • Carleton on Colossians 1:15
    There were Christian believers from times past that left this confession of faith in 1632.

    "We also believe and confess that before His ascension, He instituted His New Testament, and, since it was to be and remain an eternal Testament, that, He confirmed and sealed the same with His precious blood, and gave and left it to His disciples, yea, charged them so highly with it, that neither angel nor man may alter it, nor add to it, nor take away from it; and that He has caused the same, as containing the whole counsel and will of His heavenly Father, as necessary for salvation, to be proclaimed in His name by His beloved apostles, messengers, and ministers- whom He called, chose, and sent into all the world for that purpose- among all peoples, nations, and tongues, and repentance and remission of sins to be preached and testified of; and that he accordingly has therein declared all men without distinction, who through faith, as obedient children, heed, follow, and practice what the same contains, to be His children, and lawful heirs; this excluding no one from the precious inheritance of eternal salvation, except for the un-believing, and disobedient, the stiff-necked and obdurate, who despise it, and incur this through their own sins, thus making themselves unworthy of eternal life." Jeremiah 31:31 Hebrews 9:15-17 Matthew 26:28 Galatians 1:8 1 Timothy 6:3

  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God . God is spirit and can not be seen , so Jesus is Gods representative in flesh , the same as God because Jesus is Gods son . Yet in flesh and an image of God .

    Yet God remains who he always was and is invisible and Spirit .

    So we have 2 identities. Both identical as God but one is father and the other is son . One in God but 2 in identities. God was never in flesh until Jesus . It's really simple but so much confusion on it .

    It's a father and son .
  • Carleton - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    ...and the third part of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit who is the Witness and Comforter that God and Jesus Christ are true and everlasting.

  • Tom - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Man is also made in the image of God and has only 1 head and 1 personality.

    So God has only 1 head seems man is the proof of that .

    The Holy is certainly God but a Godhead is not found in the bible , unless scriptures are twisted .
  • Jesse - in Reply on Colossians 1:15

    Although it is very easy to twist the scriptures from our English bibles because English is a very general language and very easy to twist, a person who speaks of a Godhead is not twisting scripture at all. In our English bible, there are many words that have multiple meanings, and that's why we often debate and have disagreements on what the English text actually is saying. We have to keep in mind that what we are reading in our English text is a translation from Greek.

    As you say, the word "Godhead" is not found in the bible, at least not in our English bible. But I would argue that Godhead is found in the bible. It is found three times in the King James.

    Acts 17:29 says, "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the THEIOS (English translation=GODHEAD) is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

    Romans 1:20 says, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and THEIOTES (GODHEAD); so that they are without excuse:

    Colossians 2:9 says, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the THEOTES (GODHEAD) bodily.

    So Godhead is found in the scripture. It's in these three places I just shared with you.
  • Tom - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    I believe that God is head over all and singular , making him the unchanging creator as he said many times in the KJV .
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Hi Tom,

    Do you mind If I humor you abit?

    Do Christ have an actual birthday?

    I'm sure that sounds silly because the scripture is clear he has no beginning,

    How do you define a father and son relationship "Biologically"?

    No doubt the father existed before his son, there's not way we can comprehend any other way, this is natural!

    Now do we view God the father and Christ the son in the same biological way? NO! and that's unnatural.

    God "IS" Everlasting and Jesus came out of the bosom of Everlasting.

    When you make your argument you make it from an biological/natural point of view when their relationship is not biological or natural.

    When you see father and son you comprehend that from the creatures stand point.

    But when you see Jesus mentions the Father and son he says me and the father are One and if you seen me you seen the father, He says that from the Duel Creator standpoint

    You're trying to grasp that Biologically but you can't because Father AND the Son is Everlasting!

    Apart from what's given from that,

    is what the scripture says directly.

    Isaiah 9:6. The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    Revelation 1:8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, (the Almighty) "Look up the all mighty in the greek"

    Malachi 2:17. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

    Malachi 3:1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.



  • Tom - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Yes there was a little town of Bethlehem!

    Jesus is inherently God , and Gods son .

    I hope this helps .

    It's all in the Bible to those that have ears !
  • Sacha - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Tom ,im with you there and despite what you might read on here ,we are not alone ,stay strong and joyfull in Christ ,the Son of God and our sinless redeemer ,Christ is coming !
  • Jesse - in Reply on Colossians 1:15

    Yes, there is one God, I agree. And He is unchanging, I agree. I also know that Jesus Christ is the HUIOS, the inheritor of all things from the Father, and Jesus is the head over all things to the church as given to us in Ephesians 1:22. Once Christ ascended up into His position, all things are now put under the feet of Christ, and all must answer to Christ. Now concerning His headship, it says "And gave Him to be the head over all things with respect to the church."

    So it is right to say that God is head over all, and that Jesus Christ is head over all because Jesus Christ is the Huios of God, the one who was in position to inherit all things from the Father. And Jesus is now the head over all things because He is God the Son, and the Son has inherited all things from the Father!


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