He [Christ Jesus] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18 KJV)
preeminence – “to be first, (to) hold the first place”1
preeminence – commentator Matthew Poole: “hold the first place in all things”2
preeminence – having the greatest influence
– having an abiding influence
– uppermost in influence or importance at the moment and in life
the preeminence of Christ – He governs, guides, and guards our pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting, with His own.