New Living Translation
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
King James Bible
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Darby Bible Translation
And he is before all, and all things subsist together by him.
World English Bible
He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.
Young's Literal Translation
and himself is before all, and the all things in him have consisted.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:17 And he is before all things - It is not said, he was: he is from everlasting to everlasting. And by him all things consist - The original expression not only implies, that he sustains all things in being, but more directly, All things were and are compacted in him into one system. He is the cement, as well as support, of the universe. And is he less than the supreme God?
'I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.'--COL. i. 29. I have chosen this text principally because it brings together the two subjects which are naturally before us to-day. All 'Western Christendom,' as it is called, is to-day commemorating the Pentecostal gift. My text speaks about that power that 'worketh in us mightily.' True, the Apostle is speaking in reference to the fiery energy and persistent toil which characterised him in proclaiming Christ, that …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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All Fulness in Christ
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!"
The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
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