15Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,#1:15 Or He is the firstborn of all creation. 16for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.#1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead. So he is first in everything.