I thought maybe we were reading too much modern thinking into St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians, but, after reading several commentaries and meditating on the hymn (1:15-20,) I don't think it's too much at all. The first part of the hymn praises Christ's role in creating:
Through Christ the universe was made....
Everything was created
through Christ and for Christ.
Before anything came to be, Christ was
and the universe is held together by Christ.
(1994 ICEL translation)