Was Jesus The First Created Being?

Q. It appears to me that God’s first creation was The Word. Rev 3:14 says, “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” Angels and all else were created by God through The Word. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Do you think that’s what Rev 3:14 means?

A. No, I don’t agree. Groups who deny the deity of Jesus often claim that He was the first created being, but the Bible tells us Jesus is not a created being, but the Creator of all.

In Rev 3:14 the Greek word for beginning is arche. It means, “that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause.” What Rev. 3:14 tells us is Jesus was the origin of the creation, the person of the Trinity through whom the creation came into existence. This is consistent with the opening verse of John’s Gospel where he described Jesus both as one who was with God, and who also was God.

When John said, “All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3) he meant there is no created being or thing that Jesus did not create. If Jesus created everything that was created, then He can’t be a created being, because He couldn’t have created Himself. He has to be the Creator. Otherwise John would have said, “First God made the Word, and then the Word made everything else.” But he didn’t say that.

The Writer of Hebrews said, “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and by whom also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:2)

In Colossians 1:16 Paul confirmed this, saying, “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.” Notice it doesn’t say Jesus created all things but Himself, it says Jesus created all things. They were created by Him and For Him.

To think of Jesus in any other way than as our Creator is to deny the Bible’s clear teaching about Him.

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