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But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,(A)

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16 For in him[a] were created all things in heaven and on earth,
    the visible and the invisible,
    whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
    all things were created through him and for him.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:16–17 Christ (though not mentioned by name) is preeminent and supreme as God’s agent in the creation of all things (cf. Jn 1:3), as prior to all things (Col 1:17; cf. Hb 1:3).

20 and through him to reconcile all things for him,
    making peace by the blood of his cross[a]
    [through him], whether those on earth or those in heaven.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:20 The blood of his cross: the most specific reference in the hymn to redemption through Christ’s death, a central theme in Paul; cf. Col 2:14–15; 1 Cor 1:17, 18, 23. [Through him]: the phrase, lacking in some manuscripts, seems superfluous but parallels the reference to reconciliation through Christ earlier in the verse.

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