Colossians 3:11 and Jesus’ Alleged Omnipresence

Colossians 3:11

where there can’t be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.
World English Bible translation

Where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, servant, freeman — but the all and in all — Christ.
Young’s Literal Translation

Colossians 3:11 is sometimes quoted out of context by trinitarians as proof that Jesus is omnipresent. If this was indeed what Paul intended by his words recorded in Colossians 3:11, then, in effect, this would make Christ actually and literally all things in the universe, a pantheistic doctrine. Actually, the context shows that Colossians 3:11 is speaking about Christ as related to all races and peoples, whether Jew or Greek, circumcised or uncircumcised, etc. Christ is for all believers of any race or people who “have put on the new man”. (Colossians 3:10) Therefore, Paul states: “Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.” — Colossians 3:12,13.

Nothing but the grace of Christ is effectual; no circumcision, no keeping of the law, no ceremonies, no human energies, not what we are according to flesh and blood, nor in fact anything could add one whit to the believer’s standing before God in Christ. Christ is the center that God has provided. An appreciation of Christ is needful which comprehends a personal acquaintance with Him that grows and grows with each passing day. The believer truly needs to remember how distinctly Jesus fills every office connected with his salvation and reconciliation to his God – how Christ is Savior, Redeemer, Advocate, Master, Lord, High Priest, and all else, for his God has put all things in his hand, with the evident exception of God himself.

In Colossians 3:1, we find Christ identified, not as “God”, but as sitting at the right hand of God (Yahweh/Jehovah — Psalm 110:1). “God” is identified thereby, not as three persons, but as one person. This agrees with the entire New Testament, wherein the word “God”, when applied to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is always in reference to one person (not three), and that one person is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. — Exodus 3:14,15; Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Acts 3:13-26; Hebrews 1:1,2.

See some comments by trinitarian scholoars regarding Colossians 3:11:

Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament

Geneva Study Bible

John Darby’s Synopsis of the New Testament

(We do not necessarily agree with all conclusions presented by the above authors.)

Nevertheless, any idea of trinity, or that Jesus is God, has to be added to and read into Colossians 3:11. We certainly find nothing in the verse about “God” existing as three persons, nor do we find anything that would indicate that Jesus is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


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