15 He is d the image of the invisible God, e the firstborn over all creation. 16 For f by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or g dominions or 1 principalities or 2 powers. All things were created h through Him and for Him. 17 i And He is before all things, and in Him j all things consist. 18 And k He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, l the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that m in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and n by Him to reconcile o all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, p having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, q who once were alienated and enemies in your mind r by wicked works, yet now He has s reconciled 22 t in the body of His flesh through death, u to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight - 23 if indeed you continue v in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are w not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, x which was preached to every creature under heaven, y of which I, Paul, became a minister.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.