Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Colossians 1:18 in English Standard Version "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." Ac 26:23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” 1Co 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Eph 1:22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, Re 1:5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood Re 3:14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.