He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation,
because in connection with him were created all things - in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities - they have all been created through him and for him.
He existed before all things, and he holds everything together.
Also he is head of the Body, the Messianic Community - he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might hold first place in everything.
For it pleased God to have his full being live in his Son