Colossians 1:18

“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee is the head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the first borne from the dead, that in all things he might haue the preeminence:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he is the head of the body, the church: the starting point of all things, the first to come again from the dead; so that in all things he might have the chief place.
- Basic English Bible

And *he* is the head of the body, the assembly; who is [the] beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that *he* might have the first place in all things:
- Darby Bible

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he may have the pre-eminence.
- Webster's Bible

Moreover He is the Head of His Body, the Church. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, in order that He Himself may in all things occupy the foremost place.
- Weymouth Bible

He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
- World English Bible

And he is heed of the bodi of the chirche; which is the bigynnyng and the firste bigetun of deede men, that he holde the firste dignyte in alle thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And himself is the head of the body -- the assembly -- who is a beginning, a first-born out of the dead, that he might become in all [things] -- himself -- first,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 1:18


1:18 And - From the whole he now descends to the most eminent part, the church. He is the head of the church - Universal; the supreme and only head both of influence and of government to the whole body of believers. Who is - The repetition of the expression {#Col 1:15|} points out the entrance on a new paragraph. The beginning - Absolutely, the Eternal. The first begotten from the dead - From whose resurrection flows all the life, spiritual and eternal, of all his brethren. That in all things - Whether of nature or grace. He might have the pre - eminence - Who can sound this depth?


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 1:18


Col 1:18 And. In Col 1:15-17, Paul portrays Christ as the center and source of the creation. In this section he shows that he is the Head of the "new" creation. He is the head of the body, the church. In the church he is pre-eminent. It is his spiritual body, and he is the supreme head. Compare 1Co 11:3 Eph 1:10,22. Who is the beginning. The new creation began from him and in him. He is first of all in time. The first-born from the dead. He first conquered death, and not for himself alone, but the great company of those found in him who have been born from the dead.

Discussion for Colossians 1

  • Terry
    What is that hope of glory? Hope what is hope? Hope is that the love of Jesus Christ that true love will never fail.
  • Irene123
    To Jacko - quote, "He gave a part of Himself through Christ Jesus." unquote. Matt. 22:29; Col. 2:9; Jn. 3:34; Job 32:8. I had thought maybe you just hadn't seen these scriptures ..... ?
  • Jacko
    In full essences of Colossians, the Father has brought us in full circle back to HIMSELF! He gave apart of Himself through Christ Jesus. In doing so we come to a place of recognizing JESUS as the Son of God, therefore we humbly come before the throne of grace and recognize what JESUS did for us on the cross and after the cross. God has brought us back to HIMSELF. Our relationship is now with Him.
  • Steve morrow
    CONT--WHICH IS UNDER HEAVEN WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER 1 JOHN 2:4 HE THAT SAITH I KNOW HIM AND KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM 2 thess 1:7 and to you who are troubled rest with us when the LORD JESUS shall be revealed from heavenwith HIS mighty angels 8 in flamingfire taking vengeance on them that know not GOD and that obey not the gospel of our LORD JESUS
  • Steve morrow
    colossians 1:21 and you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath HE reconciled 22 in the body of HIS flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in HIS sight 23--IF--YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH GROUNDED AND SETTLED AND BE NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD AND WHICH WAS PREACHED TO EVERY CREATURE ...
  • Lilian
    In the beginning there is a word and the word was with God AND THE WORD WAS GOD. in the beginning. Thanks to the blood of Jesus i will praise you Jesus and obey your words until rapture for you are my rock and my salvation Amen

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