Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. a16
Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see -- kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him.
He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, b so he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)