Paul makes a point to clarify for the Colossians precisely who Jesus is – the image of the invisible God. If we want to know the nature of God, we need to look only to Christ. Paul describes Jesus as the firstborn over all Creation, a reference to position, not time. Jesus is the Creator and before all things, a fact that emphasizes both His pre-existence and His eternal existence. Finally, in Christ, all things hold together in the universe, a fact that should bring great confidence to all believers.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by6 him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
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