Colossians 1:6-16 NIV

6 that has come to you. All over the world1 this gospel is bearing fruit2 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.

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      7 You learned it from Epaphras,3 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister4 of Christ on oura behalf,

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        • c 1:7 - Some manuscripts "your"
          8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.5

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          9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you,6 we have not stopped praying for you7 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will8 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.9

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              10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy10 of the Lord and may please him11 in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,12

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                  11 being strengthened with all power13 according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,14 and joyfully

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                  12 giving thanks to the Father,15 who has qualified youb to share in the inheritance16 of the saints in the kingdom of light.17

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                    • d 1:12 - Some manuscripts "us"
                      13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness18 and brought us into the kingdom19 of the Son he loves,20

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                      14 in whom we have redemption,c21 the forgiveness of sins.22

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                        • e 1:14 - A few late manuscripts "redemption through his blood"

                          The Supremacy of Christ

                          15 He is the image23 of the invisible God,24 the firstborn25 over all creation.

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                              16 For by him all things were created:26 things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;27 all things were created by him and for him.28

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