Paul rejoices in his sufferings as a minister of God’s Word, giving all credit to God for his labor.
Paul now applies the truth of reconciliation to the Colossians by reminding them of their former condition, elaborating on the purpose of reconciliation, and calling them to continue in the faith.
Paul transitions from describing Christ’s pre-eminence in creation to his pre-eminence in redemption.
Three statements further describe the exalted Christ: He is before all created things; in Him, all things hold together; He is the head of the church.
Paul segues from thanking the Father (1:11b-14) to exalting the Son (1:15-20), who is the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of all creation.
Our joyful thanksgiving to God the Father is for rescuing us from the domain of darkness and transferring us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.