Colossians 1:9-19 NLT

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,a

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 freedomb 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,c

          References for Colossians 1:15

            • 1:15 - Or He is the firstborn of all creation.
              16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
              17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
              18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.d So he is first in everything.

              References for Colossians 1:18

                • 1:18 - Or the firstborn from the dead.
                  19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,