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Colossians 1:5-15 (New International Version)

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5 the faith and love that spring from the hope1 that is stored up for you in heaven2 and that you have already heard about in the word of truth,3 the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world4 this gospel is bearing fruit5 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,6 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister7 of Christ on oura behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.8 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you,9 we have not stopped praying for you10 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will11 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.12 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy13 of the Lord and may please him14 in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,15 11 being strengthened with all power16 according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,17 and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father,18 who has qualified youb to share in the inheritance19 of the saints in the kingdom of light.20 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness21 and brought us into the kingdom22 of the Son he loves,23 14 in whom we have redemption,c24 the forgiveness of sins.25

The Supremacy of Christ

15 He is the image26 of the invisible God,27 the firstborn28 over all creation.
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