Colossians 1



1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, a and Timothy b our
Lit the

2To the
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers.Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Other mss add and the Lord Jesus Christ


3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints 5because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, g the gospel 6that has come to you. It is bearing fruit h and growing all over the world, i just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace j in the truth.
Or and truly recognized God’s grace
7You learned this from Epaphras, m our dearly loved fellow
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slave. He is a faithful servant of the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah p on your
Other mss read our
8 and he has told us about your love in the Spirit. r

Prayer for Spiritual Growth

9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking s that you may be filled with the knowledge t of His will u in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
Or all spiritual wisdom and understanding
10so that you may
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work x and growing in the knowledge of God. y
11May you be strengthened z with all power, aa according to His glorious ab might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you
Other mss read us
to share in the saints’
Or holy ones’
inheritance in the light. ae
13 He has rescued af us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom ag of the Son ah He loves. ai 14We have
redemption/redeemed: The deliverance from bondage by a payment or ransom (Mk 10:45; 1Pe 1:18-19)
Other mss add through His blood
the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

The Centrality of Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, al
the firstborn over all creation.
The One who is preeminent over all creation
16 For everything was created by Him, ao
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities
all things have been created through Him and for Him. ap
17 He is before all things, aq
and by Him all things ar hold together.
18 He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning, as
the firstborn from the dead, at
so that He might come to have
first place in everything.
19 For God was pleased to have
all His fullness au dwell in Him, av
20 and through Him to reconcile
everything to Himself
by making peace aw
through the blood ax of His cross
Other mss add through Him
whether things on earth or things in heaven.

21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body
His body of flesh on the cross
through His death, bb to present you holy, faultless, bc and blameless before Him bd
23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith be and are not shifted away from the hope bf of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation bg under heaven, bh and I, Paul, bi have become a servant of it.

Paul’s Ministry

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings bj for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, bk that is, the church. 25 I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, 26 the
Mystery: Transliteration of the Greek word mysterion; a secret hidden in the past but now revealed
mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.
27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ bm in you, the hope bn of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29I labor for this, striving bo with His strength that works powerfully in me. bp
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