Colossians 1:15

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

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 1:15

  • Etienne for verse 15
    To add to kelly 's statement, read King James Version of John 14 28 and ask yourself, Is Jesus returning to himself? John 14 28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father for my Father is greater than I. Was Jesus displaying a split personality? I think not. He glorified his Father, the Almighty God and Creator of all things.
  • If you think Jesus isn 't God, you should read Daniel 7 13 14 and you will understand that when He called himself the Son of Man, he was claiming to be the Lord who would rule over all the earth. In Matthew 25 31 46 Jesus taught this same principle 3 days before h was crucified. Jesus was before all things and higher in rank than all things, because He made all things!
  • Elohim the creator in relation to his creatures The God who was the beginning and the son Of God
  • Abiodun for verse 15
    According to col 1 15 Jesus is the exact representation of the father God .To me d image of God here talks about the nature and attributes of God. And no one has ever shown love and demonstrates power like Jesus did.
  • Phyllis wheeler for verse 15
    I total agree with Kelly, people need to stop adding on to the word of God, Jesus never said he was God, He said he was the son of man, God was his father, and he also said he was a prophet.
  • Samson A. Allu for verse 15
    The book of colossians 1 15 have just review exactly what Jesus christ is the word first born means the first spirit translated that JESUS is GOD because christains or non christains religeous or non religeous we all witness that it s God first and he is invisible God then why the first invisible God declare to you that JESUS is me and you no still believe

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