Colossians 1:1-14 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, an apostle1 of Christ Jesus by the will of God,2 and Timothy3 our brother, 2 To the holy and faithfula brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace4 and peace to you from God our Father.b5

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 We always thank God,6 the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love7 you have for all the saints8-- 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope9 that is stored up for you in heaven10 and that you have already heard about in the word of truth,11 the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world12 this gospel is bearing fruit13 and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras,14 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister15 of Christ on ourc behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.16 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you,17 we have not stopped praying for you18 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will19 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.20 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy21 of the Lord and may please him22 in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,23 11 being strengthened with all power24 according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,25 and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father,26 who has qualified youd to share in the inheritance27 of the saints in the kingdom of light.28 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness29 and brought us into the kingdom30 of the Son he loves,31 14 in whom we have redemption,e32 the forgiveness of sins.33
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