Colossians 1 NAS

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

1 1Paul, 2an apostle of Jesus Christ a3by the will of God, and 4Timothy bour brother,

References for Colossians 1:1

    • a 1:1 - Lit "through"
    • b 1:1 - Lit "the"
      2 To the c5saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: 6Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

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        • c 1:2 - Or "holy ones"
          3 7We give thanks to God, 8the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

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          4 9since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the 10love which you have dfor 11all the esaints;

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            • d 1:4 - Or "toward"
            • e 1:4 - Or "holy ones"
              5 because of the 12hope 13laid up for you in fheaven, of which you previously 14heard in the word of truth, gthe gospel

              References for Colossians 1:5

                • f 1:5 - Lit "the heavens"
                • g 1:5 - Or "of the gospel"
                  6 which has come to you, just as h15in all the world also it is constantly bearing 16fruit and iincreasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you 17heard of it and junderstood the grace of God in truth;

                  References for Colossians 1:6

                    • h 1:6 - Or "it is in the world"
                    • i 1:6 - Or "spreading abroad"
                    • j 1:6 - Or "came really to know"
                      7 just as you learned it from 18Epaphras, our 19beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,

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                      8 and he also informed us of your 20love in the Spirit.

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                      9 For this reason also, 21since the day we heard of it, 22we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the k23knowledge of His will in all spiritual 24wisdom and understanding,

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                        • k 1:9 - Or "real knowledge"
                          10 so that you will 25walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, l26to please Him in all respects, 27bearing fruit in every good work and mincreasing in the nknowledge of God;

                          References for Colossians 1:10

                            • l 1:10 - Lit "unto all pleasing"
                            • m 1:10 - Or "growing by the knowledge"
                            • n 1:10 - Or "real knowledge"
                              11 28strengthened with all power, according to oHis glorious might, pfor the attaining of all steadfastness and qpatience; 29joyously

                              References for Colossians 1:11

                                • o 1:11 - Lit "the might of His glory"
                                • p 1:11 - Lit "unto all"
                                • q 1:11 - Or "patience with joy"
                                  12 giving thanks to 30the Father, who has qualified us rto share in 31the inheritance of the ssaints in 32Light.

                                  References for Colossians 1:12

                                    • r 1:12 - Lit "unto the portion of"
                                    • s 1:12 - Or "holy ones"

                                      The Incomparable Christ

                                      13 tFor He rescued us from the u33domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of v34His beloved Son,

                                      References for Colossians 1:13

                                        • t 1:13 - Lit "Who rescued"
                                        • u 1:13 - Lit "authority"
                                        • v 1:13 - Lit "the Son of His love"
                                          14 35in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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                                          15 wHe is the 36image of the 37invisible God, the 38firstborn of all creation.

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                                          16 For x39by Him all things were created, 40both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether 41thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -42all things have been created through Him and for Him.

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                                          17 He y43is before all things, and in Him all things zhold together.

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                                            • y 1:17 - Or "has existed prior to"
                                            • z 1:17 - Or "endure"
                                              18 He is also 44head of 45the body, the church; and He is 46the beginning, 47the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

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                                              19 For {it was 48the Father's good pleasure for all 49the |fullness to dwell in Him,

                                              References for Colossians 1:19

                                                • { 1:19 - Or "all the fullness was pleased to dwell"
                                                • | 1:19 - I.e. fullness of deity
                                                  20 and through Him to 50reconcile all things to Himself, having made 51peace through 52the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, 53whether things on earth or things in }heaven.

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                                                  21 And although you were 54formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

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                                                  22 yet He has now 55reconciled you in His fleshly 56body through death, in order to 57present you before Him 58holy and blameless and beyond reproach -

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                                                  23 if indeed you continue in ~the faith firmly 59established and steadfast, and not moved away from the 60hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed 61in all creation under heaven, 62and of which I, Paul, was made a €63minister.

                                                  References for Colossians 1:23

                                                    • ~ 1:23 - Or "in faith"
                                                    •  1:23 - Lit "became"
                                                    • € 1:23 - Or "servant"
                                                      24 64Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh 65I do my share on behalf of 66His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking ‚in Christ's afflictions.

                                                      References for Colossians 1:24

                                                        •  1:24 - Or "representatively...fill up"
                                                        • ‚ 1:24 - Lit "of"
                                                          25 67Of this church I ƒwas made a minister according to the 68stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might „fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,

                                                          References for Colossians 1:25

                                                            • ƒ 1:25 - Lit "became"
                                                            • „ 1:25 - Lit "make full the word of God"
                                                              26 that is, 69the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His …saints,

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                                                              27 to whom 70God willed to make known what is 71the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is 72Christ in you, the 73hope of glory.

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                                                              28 We proclaim Him, 74admonishing every man and teaching every man †with all 75wisdom, so that we may 76present every man ‡77complete in Christ.

                                                              References for Colossians 1:28

                                                                • † 1:28 - Lit "in"
                                                                • ‡ 1:28 - Or "perfect"
                                                                  29 For this purpose also I 78labor, 79striving 80according to His ˆpower, which ‰mightily works within me.

                                                                  References for Colossians 1:29

                                                                    • ˆ 1:29 - Lit "working"
                                                                    • ‰ 1:29 - Lit "in power"