The Preeminence of Christ
“[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And 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. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
Colossians is a letter written by the apostle Paul to a new church in Colossae. Colossae was an ancient city in modern-day Turkey, about 100 miles inland from the city of Ephesus. The church there grew out of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus when a new-believer named Epaphras, who was originally from Colossae, was sent back with the message of the gospel. This letter focuses on the preeminence, the greatness, and the priority of the person of Jesus Christ. The book of Colossians boldly asserts that understanding and knowing the person of Jesus Christ is the key to everything.