I was brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness but now I have found Christ and I’m saved. But there is this concept that I have not been able to clear in my mind. Was Jesus Christ created? Please refer to Colossians 1: 15-16 in your answer.
Colossians 1:15-16 says;
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
The Greek word translated firstborn is the word from which we get prototype and refers to the fact that in His humanity Jesus is the model or standard for mankind, not that he was the first person born. In Colossians 1:16 Paul said that everything was created by him and for him, things in Heaven (angels) and on Earth (mankind). So He is not a created being but is in fact the Creator of all beings.
The writer of Hebrews confirmed this in chapter 1, agreeing that when God wants to be visible, He appears as Jesus. In fact he later quoted Psalm 45:6-7 where God Himself addressed His Son as God (Hebr. 1:8). Jesus claimed to be God in John 10:30 and John 14:9 , and John said so in John 1:1.
The witness of Scripture is clear and stands in direct conflict with Jehovah’s Witness doctrine which claims that Jesus and the Archangel Michael are one and the same, the first created being.