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.

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.

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:

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,

Colossians 1:18 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He is the head of the body - What the apostle has said in the two preceding verses refers to the Divine nature of Jesus Christ; he now proceeds to speak of his human nature, and to show how highly that is exalted beyond all created things, and how, in that, he is head of the Church - the author and dispenser of light, life, and salvation, to the Christian world; or, in other words, that from him, as the man in whom the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelt, all the mercy and salvation of the Gospel system is to be received.

The beginning, the first-born from the dead - In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Christ is called the first-fruits of them that slept; and here, the chief and first-born from the dead; he being the first that ever resumed the natural life, with the employment of all its functions, never more to enter the empire of death, after having died a natural death, and in such circumstances as precluded the possibility of deception. The αρχη, chief, head, or first, answers in this verse to the απαρχη, or first-fruits, 1 Corinthians 15:20. Jesus Christ is not only the first who rose from the dead to die no more, but he is the first-fruits of human beings; for as surely as the first-fruits were an indication and pledge of the harvest, so surely was the resurrection of Christ the proof that all mankind should have a resurrection from the dead.

That in all - he might have the pre-eminence - That he might be considered, in consequence of his mediatorial office, as possessing the first place in and being chief over all the creation of God; for is it to be wondered at that the human nature, with which the great Creator condescended to unite himself, should be set over all the works of his hands?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he is.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake...

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; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 1:10,22,23 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven...

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ...

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

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 have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness...

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

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 in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live...

Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should show light to the people...

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept...

Revelation 1:5,18 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth...

in all. or, among all.

Psalm 45:2-5 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever...

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 extolled, and be very high.

Matthew 23:8 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all you are brothers.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

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, which stands and hears him...

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...

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 day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father...

Revelation 5:9-13 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain...

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 in it: for the glory of God did lighten it...

Library
February 11. "Strengthened with all Might unto all Patience" (Col. I. 11).
"Strengthened with all might unto all patience" (Col. i. 11). The apostle prays for the Colossians, that they may be "strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness." It is one thing to endure and show the strain on every muscle of your face, and seem to say with every wrinkle, "Why does not somebody sympathize with me?" It is another to endure the cross, "despising the shame" for the joy set before us. There are some trees in the
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

'All Power'
'Strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy.'--COL. i. 11 (R.V.). There is a wonderful rush and fervour in the prayers of Paul. No parts of his letters are so lofty, so impassioned, so full of his soul, as when he rises from speaking of God to men to speaking to God for men. We have him here setting forth his loving desires for the Colossian Christians in a prayer of remarkable fulness and sweep. Broadly taken, it is for their perfecting
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Twenty-Third Day for the Holy Spirit in Your Own Work
WHAT TO PRAY.--For the Holy Spirit in your own Work "I labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily."--COL. i. 29. You have your own special work; make it a work of intercession. Paul laboured, striving according to the working of God in him. Remember, God is not only the Creator, but the Great Workman, who worketh all in all. You can only do your work in His strength, by Him working in you through the Spirit. Intercede much for those among whom you work, till God gives
Andrew Murray—The Ministry of Intercession

Knowledge and Obedience.
"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father."--COL. i. 9-12. The Epistles
W. H. Griffith Thomas—The Prayers of St. Paul

Cross References
Psalm 89:27
And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.

Acts 26:23
that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles."

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to realize 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 one of you is a part of it.

Ephesians 1:22
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

Ephesians 1:23
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

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