“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Col. 1:17
all things See 1 Cor. 3:21-23 where all things were gifts from God. See 1 Cor. 15:24-28 to see where all things are headed.
hold together Laminin - protein that holds the body together. Laminins are high-molecular weight (~400 to ~900 kDa) proteins of the extracellular matrix. They are a major component of the basal lamina (one of the layers of the basement membrane), a protein network foundation for most cells and organs. The laminins are an important and biologically active part of the basal lamina, influencing cell differentiation, migration, and adhesion.
The climax in the unfolding of God's plan to make full revelation of Himself to men was to bring this image within the grasp of men, made in His image but not able to attain it. This is alluded to in the statement which follows in Col. 1:15. Christ is not only "the image of the invisible God," but He is also "the firstborn of every creature." By incarnation He was joined to the creation of which He is the Creator. He became man. He did not cease to be all that He was as God, namely, "the image of the invisible God," but in addition He has now taken on human flesh, and is in every respect also a true man. But His relationship to creation stands in a class all by itself. He is the "firstborn." While this word carried an original significance of priority in time, its very usage has changed and it has come to mean priority in position (2 Chron. 26:10; Psa. 89:27). Though united to creation by incarnation, yet He is higher in position than any creation, and the two verses which follow support this explanation (Col. 1:17, 19). This means that the image of the invisible God is now within the grasp of men, and yet at the same time retains every element and value as a revelation of God.