Bible: Colossians 1:13-23

1:13 He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, 1  1:14 in whom we have redemption, 2  the forgiveness of sins.

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The Supremacy of Christ

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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn 4  over all creation, 5 

1:16 for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, 6  whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him.

1:17 He himself is before all things and all things are held together 7  in him.

1:18 He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn 8  from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things. 9 

1:19 For God 10  was pleased to have all his 11  fullness dwell 12  in the Son 13 

1:20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, 14  whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Paul’s Goal in Ministry

1:21 And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your 15  minds 16  as expressed through 17  your evil deeds, 1:22 but now he has reconciled you 18  by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him 1:23 if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 19  without shifting 20  from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.

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