Colossians 1:15-18 The Preeminence Of Christ.
Paul just noted the deliverance from the power of darkness that comes from the Father conveying us “into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (v. 14). Without the forgiveness that comes through His shed blood we would remain under the power of darkness. There is no neutral ground. Here Paul turns to the exalted position of the Son before and after His death. There never was a time when He wasn’t “the image of the invisible God” (v. 15a Cf. II Cor. 4:4). Paul affirmed the Deity of Christ in several places (Cf. Rom. 9:5; Phil. 2:6; Titus 2:13). Here he makes the point that Jesus reveals in His person what was otherwise invisible (I Tim. 1:17; 6:16). Any image of God men would seek elsewhere is idolatry. John also stressed this point (1:1-18), as did the writer to the Hebrews (1:3). “The firstborn over all creation,” refers to His position of inheritance, “the principle heir of an estate (Deut. 21:17; cf. Ex. 4:22; Ps. 89:27). Used of Christ, the term “firstborn” means that He has such honor and dignity” (NGSB p. 1885)
The chief proof which Paul gives for this honoured position of the Son is in fact His role as the One through whom the Father created all things. If it is through the Son that all things were created, it follows that He Himself was not created. Everything, things in heaven and on earth, “visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers,” were created through Him (v. 16ab). In fact, Paul states that everything was created as an inheritance for the Son. “All things were created through Him and for Him” (v. 16c Cf. Heb. 2:10). The fact that He was also before all these things that were created, also speaks to both His deity and position of being the Son who would inherit it all. That “in Him all things consist” also speaks to His ongoing Divine sovereign governance (v. 17). This includes all men, including those in positions of power, which also includes the powers of heaven (Cf. Eph. 1:20-22). In other words, there is no power outside of His power (Cf. Rev. 1:5). Christ is also the Head of the church, and the firstborn inheritor of everything rescued from darkness through the redemption He has provided (v. 18 Cf. v. 14).