Johannes Bugenhagen on Colossians 1:15-20
Christ is the head and beginning of all things. Whether you look at the work of creation or the work of the new creation and redemption, Christ himself is the firstborn ahead of all creatures. He is the Author and Lord of all. He is truly the firstborn, glorified before all creatures. He is the first to be glorified by resurrection, the Author and Lord of the new creation, the head of the body of the church. Because he pleased the Father (lest any merits be attributed to human beings), all things are in Christ, through whom all things were made. Through him the broken and lost are brought to new life by the blood of the cross and his assumption of a mortal body. This fact totally persuades and confirms our faith. Does not the Father tell us to rest assured in that he gave us his Son, and with him everything that is his? This is the same Son he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.