“Jesus did not come into the world for us: we came into the world for him. We must not lightly skim over these words. . . . The decree for the God-man occurred as part of God’s original eternal plan and was foundational to his appointment of Christ as Redeemer and his selection of a people for himself: all things, including his people, were created for him (Col. 1:16).” (Mark Jones, Knowing Christ, p. 9).
“Paul reaffirms the absolute ‘self-existence’ of the eternal Son and declares him to be the Creator and Preserver of all things. The emphatic ‘HE IS’ recalls Christ’s majestic claim, ‘Before Abraham was I AM’ [John 8:58].” (Geoffrey Wilson, Colossians and Philemon: A Digest of Reformed Comment, on Colossians 1:16).
From the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC