Robert M. Grant★
Before the Christian gospels were written, the apostle Paul, who knew Jesus as one who, crucified and risen, had revealed himself to him, made an astounding confession about the cosmic Jesus Christ in a "credal" passage in 1 Cor. 8:6. Though pagans might accept "many gods" or "many lords," Christians believed in
one God, the Father,
from whom are all things, and
for whom we exist, and
one Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom are all things,
through whom we exist.
The universe was created through the crucified and exalted Messiah whom Paul proclaimed in his preaching.
Whether or not Paul wrote Colossians, it too contains an awesome Christological statement. Christ is
the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creation; for
in him all things were created, in heaven and on
visible and invisible, --