Colossians 1
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Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

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

2To the [c]saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

3We [d]give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [e]for all the [f]saints; 5because of the hope reserved for you in [g]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [h]the gospel 6which has come to you, just as [i]in all the world also it is bearing fruit and [j]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard it and [k]understood the grace of God in truth; 7just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

9For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the [l]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [m]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [n]increasing in the [o]knowledge of God; 11strengthened with all power, according to [p]His glorious might, [q]for the attaining of all perseverance and [r]patience; joyously 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [s]to share in the inheritance of the [t]saints in light.

The Incomparable Christ

13[u]For He rescued us from the [v]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [w]His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15[x]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: 16for [y]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17He [z]is before all things, and in Him all things [aa]hold together. 18He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For [ab]it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the [ac]fullness to dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in [ad]heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21And although you were previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds, 22yet He has now reconciled you in His body of flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach23if indeed you continue in [ae]the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, [af]was made a [ag]minister.

24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am supplementing what is lacking [ah]in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of His body, which is the church. 25I [ai]was made a minister of this church according to the commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might [aj]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26that is, the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His [ak]saints, 27to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28We proclaim Him, admonishing every person and teaching every person [al]with all wisdom, so that we may present every person [am]complete in Christ. 29For this purpose I also labor, striving according to His [an]power which [ao]works mightily within me.

[a] 1 Lit through
[b] 1 Lit the
[c] 2 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
[d] 3 Or always give...praying for you
[e] 4 Or toward
[f] 4 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
[g] 5 Lit the heavens
[h] 5 Or of the gospel
[i] 6 Or it is in all the world also, bearing
[j] 6 Or spreading abroad
[k] 6 Or came to fully know
[l] 9 Or real knowledge
[m] 10 Lit unto all pleasing
[n] 10 Or growing by the knowledge
[o] 10 Or real knowledge
[p] 11 Lit the might of His glory
[q] 11 Lit unto all
[r] 11 Or patience with joy
[s] 12 Lit unto the portion of
[t] 12 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
[u] 13 Lit Who rescued
[v] 13 Lit authority
[w] 13 Lit the Son of His love
[x] 15 Lit Who is
[y] 16 Or in
[z] 17 Or has existed prior to
[aa] 17 Or endure
[ab] 19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
[ac] 19 I.e., fullness of deity
[ad] 20 Lit the heavens
[ae] 23 Or in faith
[af] 23 Lit became
[ag] 23 Or servant
[ah] 24 Lit of
[ai] 25 Lit became
[aj] 25 Lit make full the word of God
[ak] 26 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
[al] 28 Lit in
[am] 28 Or perfect
[an] 29 Lit working
[ao] 29 Lit in power

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