How Early did the Church Fathers Teach the Deity of Jesus?

How Early did the Church Fathers Teach the Deity of Jesus?


Yeah, some of the critics say, you know this
high, highly developed Christology didn’t hit us until we got to the third, fourth century
down here with the creeds, okay. Let me give you an early one from Colossians and see how
high the theology is in this one. Colossians 1:15 says, “He,” talking about Jesus,
“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. He is before all things and in Him all things pulled together.” Now what does it
mean when it says He’s the firstborn? Bock: Well, it means basically He has primacy.
He’s at the top of the ladder. The person at the top of the ladder’s the person who
creates. Ankerberg: He’s got rank.
Bock: That’s right. And so that’s what we’re talking about. And so what we’ve
got here again is this, another passage like 1 Corinthians ah, chapter 8 where Jesus is
put in the category of Creator. And what’s, not, important about these texts is sometimes
the writer will come along ah, a skeptic will come along and say well Paul didn’t write
Colossians. He really didn’t believe that. We have 1 Corinthians 8. Everyone accepts
that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians and the material that’s there. And actually what we’re
getting is a correlation and corroboration that what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians is also
what’s being said in Colossians. That’s one of the reasons for thinking that we’re
still dealing with Pauline theology.

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