You learned it from Epaphras,1 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister2 of Christ on oura behalf,
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.39
For this reason, since the day we heard about you,4 we have not stopped praying for you5 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will6 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.710
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy8 of the Lord and may please him9 in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,1011
being strengthened with all power11 according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and joyfully
giving thanks to the Father,13 who has qualified youb to share in the inheritance14 of the saints in the kingdom of light.1513
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness16 and brought us into the kingdom17 of the Son he loves,1814
in whom we have redemption,c19 the forgiveness of sins.20
He is the image21 of the invisible God,22 the firstborn23 over all creation.
For by him all things were created:24 things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;25 all things were created by him and for him.2617
He is before all things,27 and in him all things hold together.