[Excerpt from IS JESUS “GOD”? Copyright © 2017 Edward K. Watson. All rights reserved. Section 2.5.]

(Important! This section is within the “Database” portion of the book and only quotes and paraphrases biblical passages. There is NO interpretation nor commentary – you can interpret them however you want. This section only tells the reader WHAT the Bible says. Also, only the passages that are underlined in the header table are quoted. The reader is invited to use their own Bible to verify they really are saying the identified concepts about Jesus.)

 

Concept About Jesus

Biblical Author

Location

Had the Fullness of God Within His Physical Body

Paul

Col 1:19 / Col 2:9

He is in the Image of God (in the sense of nature)

Paul

2 Cor 4:4-6 / Col 1:15

 

1)      2 Corinthians 4:4-6

2 Cor 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Nestle-Aland 28

ἐν οἷς ὁ θεὸς τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου ἐτύφλωσεν τὰ νοήματα τῶν ἀπίστων εἰς τὸ μὴ αὐγάσαι τὸν φωτισμὸν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς δόξης τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ.

Transliteration

en hois ho theos tou aiōnos toutou etyphlōsen ta noēmata tōn apistōn eis to mē augasai ton phōtismon tou euangeliou tēs doxēs tou Christou, hos estin eikōn tou theou.

Literal

In whom the god of the age this has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so as not to beam forth the radiancy of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is [the] image of God.

Paraphrase

The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glorious Christ, who is in the image of God.

 

2 Cor 4:5

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

Nestle-Aland 28

Οὐ γὰρ ἑαυτοὺς κηρύσσομεν ἀλλ’ Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν κύριον, ἑαυτοὺς δὲ δούλους ὑμῶν διὰ Ἰησοῦν.

Transliteration

Ou gar heautous kēryssomen all’ Iēsoun Christon kyrion, heautous de doulous hymōn dia Iēsoun.

Literal

Not indeed ourselves do we proclaim, but Christ Jesus Lord, ourselves moreover servants of you for the sake of Jesus.

Paraphrase

We do not preach about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake.

 

2 Cor 4:6

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Nestle-Aland 28

ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ὁ εἰπών· ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψει, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ [Ἰησοῦ] Χριστοῦ.

Transliteration

hoti ho theos ho eipōn; ek skotous phōs lampsei, hos elampsen en tais kardiais hēmōn pros phōtismon tēs gnōseōs tēs doxēs tou theou en prosōpō [Iēsou] Christou.

Literal

For God having spoken out of darkness light to shine, who shone in the hearts of us, for [the] radiancy of the knowledge of the glory of God in [the] face of Jesus Christ.

Paraphrase

For God, who ordered light to shine out of darkness, has made this light shine out of our hearts so that we would know the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 4:4-6 The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glorious Christ, who is in the image of God.

5 We do not preach about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who ordered light to shine out of darkness, has made this light shine out of our hearts so that we would know the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.

 

2)      Colossians 1:15-19

Col 1:15

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Nestle-Aland 28

ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου, πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως,

Transliteration

hos estin eikōn tou theou tou aoratou, prōtotokos pasēs ktiseōs,

Literal

Who is [the] image of the God invisible, [the] firstborn of all creation.

Paraphrase

He is the image of the God who’s never been seen and existed before the universe was created.

 

Col 1:16

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:

Nestle-Aland 28

ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα, εἴτε θρόνοι εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ἐξουσίαι·τὰ πάντα δι’ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν ἔκτισται·

Transliteration

hoti en autō ektisthē ta panta en tois ouranois kai epi tēs gēs, ta horata kai ta aorata, eite thronoi eite kyriotētes eite archai eite exousiai; ta panta di’ autou kai eis auton ektistai;

Literal

Because by him were created all things in the heavens and upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities, all things by him and for him have been created.

Paraphrase

He created the universe. Everything in heaven and earth, everything we see and haven’t seen, including thrones, powers, rulers, or authorities; he created them all, and they are for him.

 

Col 1:17

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Nestle-Aland 28

καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν πρὸ πάντων καὶ τὰ πάντα ἐν αὐτῷ συνέστηκεν,

Transliteration

kai autos estin pro pantōn kai ta panta en autō synestēken,

Literal

And he is before all things and all things in him hold together.

Paraphrase

He existed before the universe and causes it to hold together.

 

Col 1:18

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.

Nestle-Aland 28

καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας·ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, ἵνα γένηται ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτὸς πρωτεύων,

Transliteration

kai autos estin hē kephalē tou sōmatos tēs ekklēsias; hos estin archē, prōtotokos ek tōn nekrōn, hina genētai en pasin autos prōteuōn,

Literal

And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, firstborn out from the dead, that might be in all things he holding preeminence.

Paraphrase

And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead so that he might have supremacy over the universe.

 

Col 1:19

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Nestle-Aland 28

ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ εὐδόκησεν πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα κατοικῆσαι

Transliteration

hoti en autō eudokēsen pan to plērōma katoikēsai

Literal

Because in him He was pleased for all the fullness to dwell.

Paraphrase

God was pleased that all of his fullness dwelt in Jesus.

Col 1:15-19 He is the image of the God who’s never been seen and existed before the universe was created. 16 He created the universe. Everything in heaven and earth, everything we see and haven’t seen, including thrones, powers, rulers, or authorities; he created them all, and they are for him. 17 He existed before the universe and causes it to hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead so that he might have supremacy over the universe. 19 God was pleased that all of his fullness dwelt in Jesus.

 

3)      Colossians 2:9

Col 2:9

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Nestle-Aland 28

ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ κατοικεῖ πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα τῆς θεότητος σωματικῶς,

Transliteration

hoti en autō katoikei pan to plērōma tēs theotētos sōmatikōs,

Literal

For in him dwells all the fullness of the Deity bodily.

Paraphrase

All of God’s fullness dwells in the body of Jesus.

 

Summary

Doctrine

Jesus has the “God” Nature Within His Physical Body

Associated Doctrinal Concepts About Jesus

Location

Paraphrased Text

Jesus Had the Fullness of God Within His Physical Body

Col 1:19

God was pleased that all of his fullness dwelt in Jesus.

Col 2:9

All of God’s fullness dwells in the body of Jesus.

Jesus is in the Image of God (in the Sense of Nature)

2 Cor 4:4-6

The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glorious Christ, who is in the image of God. 5 We do not preach about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who ordered light to shine out of darkness, has made this light shine out of our hearts so that we would know the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.

Col 1:15-19

He is the image of the God who’s never been seen and existed before the universe was created. 16 He created the universe. Everything in heaven and earth, everything we see and haven’t seen, including thrones, powers, rulers, or authorities; he created them all, and they are for him. 17 He existed before the universe and causes it to hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead so that he might have supremacy over the universe. 19 God was pleased that all of his fullness dwelt in Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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