Far above all rule (uperanw pash arch). Late compound adverbial preposition (uper, anw) with the ablative case. In N.T. only here and Hebrews 9:5 . As in Colossians 1:16 , so here Paul claims primacy for Jesus Christ above all angels, aeons, what not. These titles all were used in the Gnostic speculations with a graduated angelic hierarchy. World (aiwni). "Age." See this identical expression in Matthew 12:32 for the present time ( Galatians 1:4 ; 1 Timothy 6:17 ) and the future life ( Ephesians 2:7 ; Luke 20:35 ). Both combined in Mark 10:30 ; Luke 18:30 .