15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)
Christ gives us an example of excellence. Paul repeatedly states Christ as the “firstborn.” He is the firstborn of all creation as well as from the dead. Christ is excellent due to His preeminence. He made peace for us with God through His sacrifice of His own body and blood.
He’s excellent and serves as an example of excellence. Countless biblical verses and passages could be used from throughout the Gospels and other epistles to show His excellence and His example. Yet, this passage addresses His excellence and example as well as His existence. He existed and continues to exist as the head of the body, the church. You may have a pastor, but he still sits below Christ in the biblical order of things. You may be a spiritual leader or preside over a ministry, but Christ reigns over the church. If you are a Christian, a follower of Christ, He reigns over you and should have reign over your life as Lord and Savior.