Prison Epistles Lesson 18

The Supremacy of Christ: Creation
Colossians 1:15-17

KEY TRUTH: Jesus Christ created the universe, sustains the universe and is the sovereign King of the universe.

  1. Jesus existed before creation and is superior to creation. (Colossians 1:15)
  2. Jesus personally created all things. (Colossians 1:16a)
  3. All things exist for Jesus. (Colossians 1:16b)
  4. Jesus holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17)


  • We must affirm the supremacy of Christ.
  • We must affirm that creation has a purpose.
  • We must affirm that God has the whole world in his hands.


  • What are the prevailing views that you encounter regarding creation and the origin of life? Why do you think the secular culture finds creationism so distasteful?
  • Based on this passage, is an attack on creationism a direct attack on God? Why or why not? What are some practical implications for believers based on what Paul teaches here?