A.13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
B. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God,
C. the firstborn of every creature (all creation):
D. 16 For by him were all things created,
E. that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers
D’. all things were created by him, and for him:
C’. 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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.
B’. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
A’. 20 And, 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 in earth, or things in heaven.
Note: verses 17-18 have a chiastic aspect
a. 17 And he is before (pro) all things,
b. and by him all things consist (hold together).
b’. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
a’. that in all things he might have the preeminence (proteuo).