Colossians 1:18
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

English Standard Version
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.

Berean Study Bible
And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.

Berean Literal Bible
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, firstborn out from the dead, so that He might be holding preeminence in all things,

New American Standard Bible
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

International Standard Version
He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself might have first place in everything.

NET Bible
He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.

New Heart English Bible
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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he is The Head of the body which is the church, for he is The Head and The Firstborn from among the dead, that he would be Preeminent in everything,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would have first place in everything.

New American Standard 1977
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he is the head of the body, the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he may hold the primacy:

Darby Bible Translation
And he is the head of the body, the assembly; who is [the] beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that he might have the first place in all things:

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he may have the pre-eminence.

Weymouth New Testament
Moreover He is the Head of His Body, the Church. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, in order that He Himself may in all things occupy the foremost place.

World English Bible
He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Young's Literal Translation
And himself is the head of the body -- the assembly -- who is a beginning, a first-born out of the dead, that he might become in all things -- himself -- first,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:15-23 Christ in his human nature, is the visible discovery of the invisible God, and he that hath seen Him hath seen the Father. Let us adore these mysteries in humble faith, and behold the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus. He was born or begotten before all the creation, before any creature was made; which is the Scripture way of representing eternity, and by which the eternity of God is represented to us. All things being created by Him, were created for him; being made by his power, they were made according to his pleasure, and for his praise and glory. He not only created them all at first, but it is by the word of his power that they are upheld. Christ as Mediator is the Head of the body, the church; all grace and strength are from him; and the church is his body. All fulness dwells in him; a fulness of merit and righteousness, of strength and grace for us. God showed his justice in requiring full satisfaction. This mode of redeeming mankind by the death of Christ was most suitable. Here is presented to our view the method of being reconciled. And that, notwithstanding the hatred of sin on God's part, it pleased God to reconcile fallen man to himself. If convinced that we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, and that we are now reconciled to God by the sacrifice and death of Christ in our nature, we shall not attempt to explain away, nor yet think fully to comprehend these mysteries; but we shall see the glory of this plan of redemption, and rejoice in the hope set before us. If this be so, that God's love is so great to us, what shall we do now for God? Be frequent in prayer, and abound in holy duties; and live no more to yourselves, but to Christ. Christ died for us. But wherefore? That we should still live in sin? No; but that we should die to sin, and live henceforth not to ourselves, but to Him.
Study Bible
The Supremacy of Christ
17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. 19For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,…
Cross References
Psalm 89:27
"I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.

Acts 26:23
that Christ would suffer, and as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles."

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.

Ephesians 1:22
And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything for the church,

Ephesians 1:23
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Colossians 1:24
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, which is the church.

Colossians 2:19
and he loses connection to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and knit together by its joints and ligaments, grows as God causes it to grow.

Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood,
Treasury of Scripture

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.

he is.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

Colossians 2:10-14 And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power…

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; …

Ephesians 1:10,22,23 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather …

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head …

the beginning.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, …

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things …

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning …

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

the firstborn.

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should …

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits …

Revelation 1:5,18 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

in all. or, among all.

Psalm 45:2-5 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Psalm 89:27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

Songs 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the most chief among ten thousand.

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and …

Matthew 23:8 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

John 1:16,27 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace…

John 3:29-31,34,35 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, …

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet.

Hebrews 1:5,6 For to which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this …

Revelation 5:9-13 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 21:23,24 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine …

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