giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled youa to share in the saints'b inheritance in the light.
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,
in whom we have redemption,c the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation;d16
because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
For God was pleased [to have] all His fullnesse dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His crossf- whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions.
But now He has reconciled you by His physical bodyg through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him-