I like the way the J. B. Phillips translation words some things.
Life from nothing began through him, and life from the dead began through him, and he is, therefore, justly called the Lord of all. (Colossians 1:18)
Commenting on the cross:
And then having drawn the sting of all the powers ranged against us, he exposed them, shattered, empty and defeated, in his final glorious triumphant act! (Colossians 2:15)