Just think, you have been reconciled to Christ—who is God and the ruler of all things!

Just think, you have been reconciled to Christ—who is God and the ruler of all things!

BibleGateway: Colossians 1:15-23

ESV Text: Colossians 1:15-23

Colossians 1:15–23 (Listen)

The Preeminence of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by1 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. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 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. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation2 under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Footnotes

[1] 1:16 That is, by means of; or in

[2] 1:23 Or to every creature

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KJV Text:

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15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 354 :
In the Cross of Christ I Glory

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1. In the Cross of Christ I glory, 
Towering o’er the wrecks of time. 
All the light of sacred story 
Gathers round its head sublime. 

2. When the woes of life o’ertake me, 
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy, 
Never shall the Cross forsake me; 
Lo, it glows with peace and joy. 

3. When the sun of bliss is beaming 
Light and love upon my way, 
From the Cross the radiance streaming 
Adds more luster to the day. 

4. Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, 
By the Cross are sanctified; 
Peace is there that knows no measure, 
Joys that through all time abide. 


Hymn: LSB 538 Praise Be to Christ
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