Colossians 11 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy ▼ our brother, ▼
▼ 1) Gr the brother2 ▼ To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ that are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. ▼
▼ 1) Or to those that are at Colossae, holy and faithful brethren in Christ3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints, 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the ▼ gospel, ▼
▼ 1) Gr good tidings ; and so elsewhere; See marginal note on Mt 4:326 which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on ▼ our behalf, ▼
▼ 1) Many ancient authorities read your8 who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it , do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 to walk worthily of the Lord ▼ unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing ▼ in the knowledge of God; ▼
▼ 1) Or unto all pleasing, in every good work, bearing fruit and increasing etc 2) Or by11 ▼ strengthened ▼ with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all ▼
▼ 3patience and longsuffering with joy; ▼
▼ 1) Gr made powerful 2) Or in 3) Or stedfastness12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made ▼ us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; ▼
▼ 1) Some ancient authorities read you13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: 15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17 and he is before all things, and in him all things ▼ consist. ▼
▼ 1) That is hold together18 And he 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. ▼
▼ 1) Or that among all he might have etc19 ▼ For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell; ▼
▼ 1) Or For the whole fulness of God was pleased to dwell in him20 and through him to reconcile all things ▼ unto ▼ himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say , whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens. ▼
▼ 1) Or into him 2) Or him21 And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, 22 yet now ▼ hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him: ▼
▼ 1) Some ancient authorities read ye have been reconciled23 if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the ▼ gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister. ▼
▼ 1) Gr good tidings ; See verse 124 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church; 25 whereof I was made a minister, according to the ▼ dispensation of God which was given me to you-ward, to fulfil the word of God, ▼
▼ 1) Or stewardship ; See 1 Co 9:1726 even the mystery which hath been hid ▼ for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints, ▼
▼ 1) Or from all ages etc ; Gr from the ages and from the generations27 to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ; 29 whereunto I labor also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me ▼ mightily. ▼
▼ 1) Or in power
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