In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God.
All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.
Jesus replied, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am.”
Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory and majesty that I had with You before the world existed.
He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation.
For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him.
And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]