For by him all things were created:1 things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;2 all things were created by him and for him.317
He is before all things,4 and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head5 of the body, the church;6 he is the beginning and the firstborn7 from among the dead,8 so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased9 to have all his fullness10 dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile11 to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,12 by making peace13 through his blood,14 shed on the cross.