15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,*
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
and he holds all creation together.
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.*
So he is first in everything.
was pleased to live in Christ,
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.