“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:17 And he is before all things - It is not said, he was: he is from everlasting to everlasting. And by him all things consist - The original expression not only implies, that he sustains all things in being, but more directly, All things were and are compacted in him into one system. He is the cement, as well as support, of the universe. And is he less than the supreme God?
Col 1:17 And he is before all things. He was before them all in time, by him all things consist. Through him they came into existence.