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1 From Paul, who by God's will is an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy - 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To God's people in Colossae, who are our faithful friends in union with Christ: May God our Father give you grace and peace. 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God's people. 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--
5 When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
6 The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
7 You learned of God's grace from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is Christ's faithful worker on our behalf. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He has told us of the love that the Spirit has given you. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
10 Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
11 May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
13 He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, 13 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
14 by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. 14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
15 Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. 15 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
16 For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. 16 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
17 Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. 17 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
18 He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. 18 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
19 For it was by God's own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. 19 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
20 Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son's blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven. 20 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
21 At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought. 21 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
22 But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence. 22 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
23 You must, of course, continue faithful on a firm and sure foundation, and must not allow yourselves to be shaken from the hope you gained when you heard the gospel. It is of this gospel that I, Paul, became a servant - this gospel which has been preached to everybody in the world. 23 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--
24 And now I am happy about my sufferings for you, for by means of my physical sufferings I am helping to complete what still remains of Christ's sufferings on behalf of his body, the church. 24 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
25 And I have been made a servant of the church by God, who gave me this task to perform for your good. It is the task of fully proclaiming his message, 25 Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
26 which is the secret he hid through all past ages from all human beings but has now revealed to his people. 26 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
27 God's plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God. 27 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
28 So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature individual in union with Christ. 28 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
29 To get this done I toil and struggle, using the mighty strength which Christ supplies and which is at work in me. 29 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.