An Early Apostolic Hymn about the Lord Jesus Christ…circa 61AD…

ST PAULSt Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written approximately 61AD and scholars believe it was written in Rome during his captivity before his martyrdom.  It contains one of the most wonderful affirmations of Orthodox doctrine on the person of Christ – Christology – and may have been part of an early liturgical prayer – perhaps at baptism.  It is a wonderful picture of the Lordship of Jesus Christ over creation, and the mystical union between the Church and our incarnate Saviour, eternally begotten of the Father…

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.

   
 16For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him.

   
 17And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.

   
 18And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence.

   
 19For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell,

   
 20and having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself — by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.

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