Some of Paul's letters contain what seem to be early Christian Hymns
with important Christological pronouncements:
5 Let the same
mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death
--even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
15 He is the
image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation;
16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created,
things visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers
--all things have been created through him and for him.
17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
so that he might come to have first place in everything.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
by making peace through the blood of his cross.