Was Jesus created?

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Was Jesus Christ created by God the Father? Did the Lord have a beginning just like all the angels? On the other hand, has he always existed as a member of the Godhead? How is Jesus the firstborn among many brethren?

Some believers think that Jesus, the Word of God, was created by the Father somewhere in the eternal past. One of the proof texts used to support this theory that Christ was made (and therefore did not always exist like the Father) is in Revelation 3.

Revelation 3:14 states "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God" (KJV). This verse has been twisted to mean that the Amen (Jesus), who is also the Beginning, the Alpha as well as the Omega, came into literal existence at his birth through Mary.

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So, what does the fourteenth verse of Revelation 3 mean? Does it mean that God created Jesus? Of what is Christ the beginning? Believe it or not, although Genesis 1:1 is the first literal verse in the Bible, it is not the first verse chronologically speaking! The first verse in time sequence is John 1:1, which says that before the 'beginning' was the Word (the Being who would become Jesus Christ) who was both with and was God!


God separating earth and waters
God separating earth and waters
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John 1:3 states that all things (meaning the entire physical universe we can see and the spiritual universe which we cannot) were made by Christ. John goes even further and declares that there is not one thing (except, of course, God the Father and God the Son) in existence anywhere that does not trace its creation to the Word! Therefore, the first verse of Genesis can rightfully be restated as 'In the beginning Jesus made the heavens . . .'

The book of Genesis says that in the beginning God created living creatures after their KIND (Genesis 1:21) but made man after the image of the God kind (of which, at the time, was composed of two God Beings, the Father and Jesus Christ - Genesis 1:26).

A "kind" does not become a family until they produce their first offspring who are genetically related to them. According to an online dictionary, a woman and a man that are married are technically not a family. They only become a family when they produce at least one or more children that are genetically like themselves.

Ephesians 3:14 - 15 is the key passage that helps us answer our question. These two verses state that 'the whole FAMILY in heaven and earth' is named through God. The Bible also states in Romans 8:29 that Jesus is 'the firstborn among many brethren.' As stated previously, kinds do not become families until the first offspring is produced.

When Jesus was resurrected to an external existence he became 'the firstborn from the dead' (Colossians 1:18) and the beginning of the God family. He was the literal transition from God as a KIND to God as a family! Romans 1:14 confirms this when it states that he was "declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead."

Jesus Christ was decidely not created by God! He has existed for eternity as a member of the Godhead. The Father did, however, make him the beginning of his family, a family where every human being has the potential of entering.

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