Colossians 1:5-15 NLT

5 which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.
6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf.a

References for Colossians 1:7

    • 1:7 - Or he is ministering on your behalf; some manuscripts read he is ministering on our behalf.
      8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
      9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.
      10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
      11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,b

      References for Colossians 1:11

        • 1:11 - Or all the patience and endurance you need with joy.
          12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
          13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
          14 who purchased our freedomc and forgave our sins.

          References for Colossians 1:14

            • 1:14 - Some manuscripts add with his blood.
              15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,d

              References for Colossians 1:15

                • 1:15 - Or He is the firstborn of all creation.