A Question I Was Asked:

Doesn't Colossians 1 Support the 'Jehovah's Witnesses' Over the 'Firstborn' issue?

Doesn't Colossians 1:15,18 support the 'Jehovah's Witnesses' over the 'firstborn' issue?

UK Apologetics Reply:

No, in just a very few words, it doesn't. Let us look at this Scripture:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:15-18).

The questioner here is picking up 'firstborn' from verses 15 and 18 of Colossians 1, suggesting that this could support the Jehovah's Witnesses belief that Jesus was actually 'born,' 'made,' or 'created' at some point, therefore He is not eternal as God is, that is, He is a created being, maybe something like a higher angel.

But that is not the correct understanding at all; I will address this topic by making about five points:

Since the New Testament is so strong and clear on the teaching that Jesus is fully God, the Word, and the Second Person of the Trinity, Jehovah's Witnesses are without excuse in continuing their rebellion against a plain teaching within the Word of God.

Robin A. Brace. August 25th, 2015.