Colossians 1:13 & 14

"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." NIV translation

Paul reminds us of what we are giving thanks for and that is the forgiveness of our sins that happened because of the blood of Jesus Christ. God loves us because He loves His Son and His Son loved us enough to die for us.

Colossians 1:15 & 16

"He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him." NIV translation

Jesus Christ reigns supreme as the very Son of God. He was there at the creation of all things and is the very representation of God. He has all of the authority of the Creator. Paul is reminding the people that it is all about Jesus and the work that He does and not some super knowledge as the gnostics were saying.

Colossians 1:17

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." NIV translation

Jesus is not only the Creator but He is the glue that holds everything together. He sustains all life, even those that do not accept Him as Lord and Savior. This is comforting to know in that we do not have to worry about things when we know that Jesus is on the job.