The Jehovah’s Witness (JW) world view believes the following:
1. Jesus was created by God (Jehovah) and Jesus is not eternal.
2. Jesus created all “other” creation himself.
Argument 1: First born of all creation
Colossians 1: 15 NWT (JW version of the bible) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
JW’s would argue that if Jesus was the firstborn, then he was the first created being. If the Bible said “first created thing of every creature” then Jehovah’s Witnesses would have a case, but no where in the Bible does it say “Jesus was created”. To say that Jesus was the first created thing of all creation would not only be a misreading, but to base an entire religion off of this one verse could have huge effects on a multitude of believers’ eternity.
So then what does it mean, “firstborn of every creature”?
In my studies, I have only found firstborn to mean two things: 1. The literal firstborn offspring and 2. The heir or elevated superior position over something. I have never seen firstborn to imply “first created”.
According to Matt Slick, “The Greek for “firstborn” is proto with tikto which would give us “firstborn” and that is what we find here in Colossians 1:15. The Greek for “first created” would be proto with ktizo, and it is not used here.”
If you read the entire chapter, you see that God is talking about an inheritance, to a kingdom, and that in all things Jesus has preeminence (superiority) over all creation. It just like saying my firstborn will inherit, rule, and be placed above everything else in the kingdom. Take a look:
Colossians 1 (NWT):
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
As you can see, firstborn is talking about something much different than “first created”.
Argument 2: David was called firstborn
Just in case we needed more evidence, look at the following passages using the term “firstborn”:
20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:
27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
In this case David wasn’t even the literal firstborn of his father Jesse. He was the last born. David also wasn’t the “first created”, but rather he was the heir, the superior one to receive the blessing of inheriting the kingdom of Israel that God would honor his covenant through.
Argument 3: First Born of the Dead:
“Firstborn” does not necessarily mean that something is chronological in the Bible. Colossians 1:18 says “firstborn from the dead”. Was Jesus the first one to be raised from the dead? No, since Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
Argument 4: Jesus is called the Alpha Omega, the Beginning and End and the First and the Last
Revelation 1:17 (NWT) When I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.
The verses above clearly call Jesus the First and the Last, and we know it is referring to Jesus, and not Jehovah since Jehovah never died or was he raised to life. These acts can only be attributed to the name of Jesus.
Revelation 22 (NWT)
12 “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to repay each one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14 Happy are those who wash their robes, so that they may have authority to go to the trees of life and that they may gain entrance into the city through its gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and those who are sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying.’ 16 “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to you about these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star.’”
The verses above also call Jesus, the one who is coming quickly, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and end. If Jesus was created, he would automatically be disqualified to be called the Alpha, the beginning, or the first, since there was always something before him that created him. Because of this, Jesus was not created, but rather eternal.
Simply stated, first born can mean either the literal first born, or someone that takes preeminence over something else, not to be confused with “first created”. Jesus could not have been created, since he was called the Alpha, beginning, and the first.
Colossians 2:18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.