B. The Image of God and the Firstborn
Both in Creation and in Resurrection
15 Who is the 1aimage of the binvisible God, the 2cFirstborn of all creation,
16 Because 1in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether 2thrones or 3alordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created 4bthrough Him and 5unto Him.
17 And He is 1before all things, and all things 2acohere in Him;
18 And He is the aHead of the bBody, the church; He is the cbeginning, the 1dFirstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
19 For in Him 1all the 2afullness was pleased to dwell
20 And 1through Him to areconcile 2ball things to 3Himself, 4chaving made peace through the dblood of His cross -- 1through Him, whether the ethings on the earth or the things in the 5heavens.
21 And you, though once aalienated and 1benemies in your 2cmind because of your evil works,
22 1He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you aholy and without blemish and without reproach before 1Him;
23 If indeed you continue in the 1faith, agrounded and steadfast and not being moved away from the 2bhope of the gospel, which you heard, which was proclaimed in call creation under heaven, of which I Paul became a dminister.