He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation,
because in connection with him were created all things - in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities - they have all been created through him and for him.
He existed before all things, and he holds everything together.
Also he is head of the Body, the Messianic Community - he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might hold first place in everything.
For it pleased God to have his full being live in his Son
and through his Son to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through him, through having his Son shed his blood by being executed on a stake.
In other words, you, who at one time were separated from God and had a hostile attitude towards him because of your wicked deeds,
he has now reconciled in the Son's physical body through his death; in order to present you holy and without defect or reproach before himself -
provided, of course, that you continue in your trusting, grounded and steady, and don't let yourselves be moved away from the hope offered in the Good News you heard. This is the Good News that has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven; and I, Sha'ul, have become a servant of it.