He is the image6 of the invisible God,7 the firstborn8 over all creation.
For by him all things were created:9 things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;10 all things were created by him and for him.1117
He is before all things,12 and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head13 of the body, the church;14 he is the beginning and the firstborn15 from among the dead,16 so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased17 to have all his fullness18 dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile19 to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,20 by making peace21 through his blood,22 shed on the cross.