Colossians 1


Paul's Greetings

1Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy the brother, 2to the [2in 3Colosse 1holy ones], and trustworthy brothers in Christ. Favor to you and peace from God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We give thanks to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, at all times [2for 3you 1praying], 4having heard the belief of yours in Christ Jesus, and the love, the one towards all the holy ones, 5on account of the hope, the one being reserved for you in the heavens, which you heard before in the word of the truth of the good news, 6the one being at hand in you, as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit, as also among you from which day you heard and realized the favor of God in truth; 7as also you learned from Epaphras the beloved fellow-servant of ours, who is a trustworthy [2for 3you 1servant] of the Christ, 8the one also having manifested to us your love in spirit.

Walk Worthy of The Lord

9On account of this also, we from which day heard, cease not [2for 3you 1praying], and asking that you should be filled with the full knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and [2understanding 1spiritual]; 10for you to walk worthily of the Lord, [2to 3all 1pleasing], in every [2work 1good] bearing fruit, and growing in the full knowledge of God; 11in all power, being strengthened according to the might of his glory in all patience and long-suffering with joy; 12giving thanks to the God and father, to the one making us fit in the portion of the lot of the holy ones in the light; 13who rescued us from out of the authority of the darkness, and changed us over to the kingdom of the son of his love; 14in whom we have the release by ransom through his blood -- the release of sins; 15who is the image of the unseen God, first-born of all creation; 16for in him were created the whole, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth -- the visible and the unseen; whether thrones, whether lordships, whether sovereignties, whether authorities; the whole through him and in him have been created.

The Preeminence of Christ

17And he is before all, and the whole in him combine. 18And he is the head of the body of the assembly, who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that [2should be 4in 5all things 1he 3preeminent]. 19For in him [4thought well 1all 2the 3fullness] to dwell; 20and through him to reconcile the whole to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him, whether the things upon the earth, whether the things in the heavens. 21And you at some time or other being separated and enemies in thought by [2works 1wicked], but now he reconciled 22in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblemished and without reproach before him; 23if indeed you remain in the belief being founded and settled, and not being moved about from the hope of the good news of which you heard, of the one being proclaimed in all the creation, in the one under the heaven, of which [3became 1I 2Paul] servant. 24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and filling up again the deficiencies of the afflictions of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly; 25of which I became servant according to the management of God, the one given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; 26the mystery, the one being concealed from the eons and from the generations, but now made manifest to his holy ones; 27ones to whom God wanted to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery is among the nations; which is Christ in you, the hope of the glory; 28whom we announce, admonishing every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we should present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29In which also I tire in labor, struggling according to his energy, the one operating in me in power.
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