Colossians 1:18 Does this verse teach that Jesus was created? If so, how can He be God?
The Apostle John wrote in his Gospel account (1:1; 8:58; 20:28) that Jesus was eternal and was equal with God. However, in this verse, it appears that Paul is saying that He was only a created being, albeit the first one created (born) in the Universe.
As one closely examines this letter by the Apostle Paul they can see that he openly states that Jesus is God. He makes the claims in 1:16 that “For by him all things were created….” And as we continue in this letter Paul declares “in him is dwelling all the fullness of the deity.” (2:9)
That He is called “firstborn” is not that He is the firstborn in Creation, but firstborn over Creation, since He is “before all things” (v. 17). The term then does not mean the first one to be born, but the heir of the inheritance of all that is. He is the Creator and Owner of all. Thus, since He is the Creator of all things, he could not be a created being.
Prayer: Spirit of Wisdom, give me the wisdom and insight to see that Your Word does not contradict itself. Help me to be prepared to stand for Your Truth at all times. May I always be ready with an answer to those who ask of my hope and confidence in You and Your Word of Life. Amen.