Colossians 2:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 2:10, NIV: and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 2:10, ESV: and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Colossians 2:10, KJV: And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:10, NASB: and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over every ruler and authority;

Colossians 2:10, NLT: So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

Colossians 2:10, CSB: and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

What does Colossians 2:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Paul continues a thought he began in verse 9. The "whole fullness of deity" dwells in Jesus, meaning He is both entirely man and entirely God. Paul now links that "filling" to the way Christ relates to Christian believers. Jesus serves as the connection between the believer and God the Father. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), the only way of salvation (Acts 4:12). The Colossian believers had been "filled with the knowledge of his will" (Colossians 1:9).

Paul also re-emphasizes the supremacy of Jesus. Christ had authority to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6), to heal, and to cast out demons. All authority on heaven and earth has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18). All human authority has been appointed by God and is under His jurisdiction (Romans 13:1–2). Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:21 that Christ is "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come."