Jesus in History and Myth

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Robert M. Grant


The Christ at the Creation

THE COSMIC CHRIST

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,
and
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
earth,
visible and invisible, --

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Robert M. Grant is Professor of Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago.

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