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Colossians 1:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 1We give thanks to God, 2the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 3since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the 4love which you have afor 5all the bsaints; 5 because of the 6hope 7laid up for you in cheaven, of which you previously 8heard in the word of truth, dthe gospel 6 which has come to you, just as e9in all the world also it is constantly bearing 10fruit and fincreasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you 11heard of it and gunderstood the grace of God in truth; 7 just as you learned it from 12Epaphras, our 13beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8 and he also informed us of your 14love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason also, 15since the day we heard of it, 16we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the h17knowledge of His will in all spiritual 18wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will 19walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, i20to please Him in all respects, 21bearing fruit in every good work and jincreasing in the kknowledge of God; 11 22strengthened with all power, according to lHis glorious might, mfor the attaining of all steadfastness and npatience; 23joyously 12 giving thanks to 24the Father, who has qualified us oto share in 25the inheritance of the psaints in 26Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 qFor He rescued us from the r27domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of s28His beloved Son,
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