Colossians 1:15-20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 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. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first in everything. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 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. 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.