Colossians—Is Jesus Christ Almighty God?

Colossians—Is Jesus Christ Almighty God?

Let’s examine all the verses in this Bible book where God and Jesus are mentioned in relation to each other and see whether what Bible says agrees with Trinitarianism or proves it to be false. Notice all the references in this letter to the superior position of Almighty God toward his Son, Jesus Christ, and the subordinate position of Jesus Christ in relation to his Heavenly Father.

“An apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God” (1:1 NIV). Christ is clearly subordinate to God.

“To the holy ones and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father” (1:2 NAB). Notice the relationship that Christians have—they are brothers of Christ, but children of God. This clearly places Almighty God in a superior, higher position in relation Jesus Christ.

“God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:3). The Father is distinct from, and superior to, the Son.

“Giving thanks to the Father, who . . . transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (1:12,13 NAB). The Father is obviously the one who is in control, and is the one who effects this transference.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (1:15 NRSV; NAB). The “image” is never the same as, or equal to, the original. Also, Jesus was “firstborn”, which can never be said of Almighty God, and he is referred to as part of creation, or as a “creature”, which can never be said of Almighty God.

“Through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth . . . Everything was created through him and for him” (1:16 NLT). Jesus is neither the originator, nor the Creator, Almighty God is, but He created everything “through” Jesus.

“The firstborn from the dead” (1:18). Jesus was the very first one to receive a permanent resurrection, that is, to heaven. The fact that God resurrected Jesus from the dead, in and of itself, proves his superiority to Jesus.

“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (1:19 NIV). This verse shows that God is in control, by putting “all his fullness in” Christ.

“Through him [Christ] to reconcile to himself all things” (1:20 NIV). God, the on who is in control, uses Christ to “reconcile”, or bring to him, “all things”. How?

“By making peace through his blood” (1:20 NIV). God, the one in charge, uses his agent, Christ, to ‘make peace’ by ‘using Christ’s sacrifice’ as the basis for “peace”.

“This includes you who were once far away from God . . . now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ . . . As a result, he has brought you into his own presence” (1:21,23 NLT). God uses Christ to bring people to him, which implies strongly that God and Christ are not the same.

“God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too” (1:27 NLT). Again, this verse shows that God is in control, and that he and Christ are separate.

“So we tell others about Christ . . . we want to present them to God” (1:28 NLT). God and Christ are again shown to be separate.

“And grasp God’s secret, which is Christ himself” (2:2 REB). The “mystery”, or “God’s secret”, “is “Christ himself”, giving evidence of their separateness. Also, notice: “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ” (2:2 NIV). Contrary to Trinitarian teaching, which asserts that God remains mysterious and unknowable, even for Christians, we are told that we, as Christians, can “have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ”. Knowing what the Bible actually says protects us from false doctrines and teachings, such as the Trinity.

“In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (2:9 NIV). Trinitarians assert that this means that Jesus is Almighty God. However, if Jesus was Almighty God, why would Paul even need to make this statement? Jesus, in that case, would, by definition, already have all of God’s “fullness”.

“In Christ you have been brought to fullness” (2:10 NIV). If Christ’s having God’s “fullness” makes him to be God, then Christians, who have God’s ‘fullness in Christ’ would be God also!

“God, who raised him from the dead” (2:12). Almighty God, ‘who cannot die’ (Habakkuk 1:12), resurrected Jesus, not the other way around. Jesus died (Revelation 1:18), which means he can’t be God.

“Christ sits in the place of honor, at the right hand of God” (3:1 NLT). While Jesus is honored with the highest position in existence next to his Father, he is obviously not Almighty God, since he sits next to him, at the most favored position, the right hand.

“Do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (3:17). In going through Jesus, praying to the Father, it shows Jesus’ important role in our relationship with the Supreme being, Almighty God the Father.

“That God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah” (4:3 HCSB). This shows God’s complete control of all matters, it is notable also that Jesus is is referred to as the Messiah, but God never is.

Colossians thus destroys the equality dogma of the Trinity, as well as the claim the Jesus Christ is Almighty God, by showing the impossibility of such wild assertions.

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