He is the image1 of the invisible God,2 the firstborn3 over all creation.
For by him all things were created:4 things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;5 all things were created by him and for him.617
He is before all things,7 and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head8 of the body, the church;9 he is the beginning and the firstborn10 from among the dead,11 so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased12 to have all his fullness13 dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile14 to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,15 by making peace16 through his blood,17 shed on the cross.