For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
He has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace with his blood, shed on the cross.
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
He [Jesus] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
For by him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.