Study Six: “Christ is Supreme”
Upon talking to a wayward loved one, you would probably address them gently at first – to let them know of your care and concern – then delve into their problem. This is what Paul has done in the preceding Scriptures. In this passage, he forcefully makes his point – “he [Christ] is before all things.” This chapter will patiently lead the reader to Paul’s conclusion that Christ is the full representation of God.
Verse 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Verse 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Verse 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Verse 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.
Verse 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
Verse 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.