Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God--and Timothy our brother:
To the people of God and the believing brethren at Colossae who are in Christ. May grace and peace be granted to you from God our Father.
We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, constantly praying for you as we do,
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you cherish towards all God's people,
on account of the hope treasured up for you in Heaven. Of this hope you have already heard in the Message of the truth of the Good News.
For it has reached you, and remains with you, just as it has also spread through the whole world, yielding fruit there and increasing, as it has done among you from the day when first you heard it and came really to know the grace of God,
as you learned it from Epaphras our dearly-loved fellow servant. He is to you a faithful minister of Christ in our stead,
and moreover he has informed us of your love, which is inspired by the Spirit.
For this reason we also, from the day we first received these tidings, have never ceased to pray for you and to entreat that you may be filled with a clear knowledge of His will accompanied by thorough wisdom and discernment in spiritual things;
so that your lives may be worthy of the Lord and perfectly pleasing to Him, while you exhibit the results of right action of every sort and grow into a fuller knowledge of God.
Since His power is so glorious, may you be strengthened with strength of every kind, and be prepared for cheerfully enduring all things with patience and long-suffering;
and give thanks to the Father who has made us fit to receive our share of the inheritance of God's people in Light.
It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son,
in whom we have our redemption--the forgiveness of our sins.