This letter is from Paul, chosen by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
It is written to God's holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace.
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We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love all of God's people.
You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven -- as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God's great kindness to sinners.
Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ's faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place.
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He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy,
always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light.
For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.
God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
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