Was Jesus God? Or was Jesus a man? Of course the answer to this question is “yes.” He was and is both. But it is vital to understand exactly how this union works. For example, it would be incorrect to say that Jesus was a man who became God. Rather, the opposite is true. Jesus was God and became man. The Bible says this of Jesus:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:15-16 NASB)
The first part of this passage tells us that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.” In other words, if you want to know what God “looks like” the answer is to look to Jesus. The second part of the verse states that he is “the firstborn of all creation.” This does not mean that Jesus was the first object that God created. To the contrary, the passage goes on to tell us that by Jesus “all things were created.” So if you analyze the relationship between Jesus and the creation you will see that Jesus is not a part of the creation but rather he is the creator himself.
The term “firstborn” meant something very distinctive in Jewish culture. The term was not always used to describe physical birth. Sometimes it was used to describe the “status” of a person. To be declared the “firstborn” meant that you had a loftier position than anyone else. In Psalm 89:27, King David is described as being God’s “firstborn” in the sense that God would make him greater than any other king on earth. Certainly it didn’t mean David was born before everyone else, for he was the youngest boy in his own family. Yet he was the “firstborn” in terms of status. Likewise with Jesus.
As the Son of God, Jesus was unique in a way that no one else was. Jesus has always existed, for nothing came into being apart from him. The passage in Colossians goes on to say that all things were created through him, and “for him.” In other words, you exist to bring glory to Christ. The question is, do you? Have you trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior? And are you walking with him daily? Do you love him and worship him as he deserves? Do you understand his status as “the firstborn” of all creation? Trust in him today, and look forward to being with him forever.