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Who are the the he's, him's and other personal pronouns referring to in Colossians 1:15-22?

These verses in Colossians 1:15-22 use the personal pronouns he, him, himself, etc. in these passages, and it is confusing for me to follow the personages. I believe most 'he's and 'him's' refer to Jesus, but would it be possible for someone to substitute 'Jesus' or 'God', instead of the personal pronouns so it is easier to understand. Thank you!

Colossians 1:15 - 22

ESV - 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through him and for him.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I consulted a Greek interlinear translation of these verses (http://biblehub.com/interlinear/colossians/1.htm) to try to get a clear idea of the original wording.

The verses cited in the question expand on the statement in Colossians 1:12-14, which speak of God the Father having delivered us [that is, Christians] from the dominion of darkness [that is, the control of sin] and transferred us [Christians] to the kingdom of His [God the Father's] beloved Son [Jesus], in whom [that is, Jesus] we [Christians] have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Starting in verse 15, Paul then goes into more detail about Jesus: "He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, (and) the first-born of all creation; for in Him [once again, in Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities, or authorities -- all things were created through Him [Jesus] and for Him [Jesus]. He [Jesus] is before all things, and in Him [Jesus] all things hold together. He [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church; He [Jesus] is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, (so) that in everything He [Jesus] might be pre-eminent.

"For in Him [Jesus] all the fullness of God (the Father) was pleased to dwell (literally, "For in Him [Jesus], He [God the Father] was pleased for all the fullness to dwell"), and through Him [Jesus] to reconcile to Himself [God the Father] all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His [Jesus'] cross (literally, "having made peace through Him [Jesus] by the blood of His {Jesus'] cross.")

"And you [specifically, the Gentile Christians at Colossae to whom Paul was writing, but also applicable to all Christians], who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He [God the Father] has now reconciled in His [Jesus'] body of flesh by His [Jesus'] death, in order to present you [the Colossian Christians, as well as all other Christians] holy and blameless and irreproachable before Him [God the Father]."

June 14 2017 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Oun Kwon
The pronoun (singular masc. 3rd person) in Col 1:15-20 takes its antecedent 'the Son' in v. 13

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7425d9240eacbe9d51d2add1ac0d972e Mugagga Sedrach
That's Christ.

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