Online Bible verses - Colossians 2: 9-10 - In the beginning was the Word
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
Colossians 2: 9-10
We cover this concept quite often. It is a cornerstone of Christian theology, and I get the feeling a good deal of misunderstanding surrounds it. Start with a term many of us are familiar with.
Trinity: A singular God, manifesting Himself in three persons. A triune Godhead. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Deity: two thirds of the triune Godhead. Father and Son. One in the same yet separate. An apparent contradiction, yes, when viewed through our eyes and restricted by our limited intellect. Finite beings trying to understand their infinite and all powerful Creator. So God describes it to us in His written word.
Jesus was physically separate during His life here on earth. He was also separate from time eternal, existing in God’s presence. And the kicker, simultaneously one in the same with God. Hence, one in the same yet separate. See what John Chapter 1 verse 1 says:
In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning.3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life,and that life was the lightof all mankind.5 The light shines in the darkness,and the darkness has not overcomeit.
So Jesus existed from the beginning. He was uncreated. Furthermore, he is called out as co-Creator of the universe, on par and equal to God where power and authority are concerned.
Quite a statement. Actually, the exact claim that Jesus made. The claim which sent Him to the cross. He knew it was going to happen, it is why He took on flesh and came here. In perfect concert with the above verse sets, and multiple, now fulfilled prophecies found within scripture concerning Him.