Colossians 1


1Paul a  an apostle of Christ Jesus b  by the will of God, and Timothy c  our brother,

2To the d  saints and faithful brothers
Or  brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church
in Christ at Colossae:

f  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 g  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4since we heard of h  your faith in Christ Jesus and of i  the love that you have for all the saints, 5because of j  the hope k  laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in l  the word of the truth, the gospel, 6which has come to you, as indeed m  in the whole world it is n  bearing fruit and increasingas it also does among you, since the day you o  heard it and understood p  the grace of God in truth, 7just as you learned it from q  Epaphras our beloved r  fellow servant.
Greek  fellow bondservant
He is t  a faithful minister of Christ on your
Some manuscripts our
8and has made known to us your v  love in the Spirit.

9And so, w  from the day we heard, x  we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that y  you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all z  spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so as aa  to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, ab  fully pleasing to him, ac  bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 ad  May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for ae  all endurance and patience af  with joy, 12 ag  giving thanks
Or  patience, with joy giving thanks
to the Father, who has qualified you
Some manuscripts us
to share in aj  the inheritance of the saints in light.
13He ak  has delivered us from al  the domain of darkness and transferred us to am  the kingdom of an  his beloved Son, 14 ao  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Preeminence of Christ

15 ap  He is the image of aq  the invisible God ar  the firstborn of all creation. 16For by
That is,  by means of; or in
him all things were created at  in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether au  thrones or av  dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created aw  through him and for him.
17And ax  he is before all things, and in him all things ay  hold together. 18And az  he is the head of the body, the church. He is ba  the beginning bb  the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For bc  in him all the bd  fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and be  through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven bf  making peace bg  by the blood of his cross.

21 bh  And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind bi  doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled bj  in his body of flesh by his death, bk  in order to present you holy and blameless and bl  above reproach before him, 23 bm  if indeed you continue in the faith bn  stable and steadfast, not shifting from bo  the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed bp  in all creation
Or to every creature
under heaven br  and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Paul’s Ministry to the Church

24Now bs  I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh bt  I am filling up bu  what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions bv  for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 bw  of which I became a minister according to bx  the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 by  the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 bz  To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are ca  the riches of the glory of cb  this mystery, which is Christ in you cc  the hope of glory. 28Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that cd  we may present everyone ce  mature in Christ. 29For this cf  I toil cg  struggling ch  with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

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