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1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, 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 holy and faithful people, our brothers and sisters who are united with Christ in the city of Colossae. Good will and peace from God our Father are yours! 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in our prayers for you. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 We thank God because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of 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 You have these because of the hope which is kept safe for you in heaven. Some time ago you heard about this hope in the Good News which is the message of truth. 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 This Good News is present with you now. It is producing results and spreading all over the world as it did among you from the first day you heard it. At that time you came to know what God's kindness truly means. 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 about this Good News from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant. He is taking your place here as a trustworthy deacon for Christ 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 and has told us about 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 not stopped praying for you since the day we heard about you. We ask [God] to fill you with the knowledge of his will through every kind of spiritual wisdom and insight. 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 We ask this so that you will live the kind of lives that prove you belong to the Lord. Then you will want to please him in every way as you grow in producing every kind of good work by this knowledge about 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 We ask him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy. 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
12 You will also thank the Father, who has made you able to share the light, which is what God's people inherit. 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
13 God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven. 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Whether they are kings or lords, rulers or powers-- everything has been created through him and for him. 16 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.
17 He existed before everything and holds everything together. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would have first place in everything. 18 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.
19 God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ's blood sacrificed on the cross. 20 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.
21 Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God's presence without sin, fault, or blame. 22 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--
23 This is on the condition that you continue in faith without being moved from the solid foundation of the hope that the Good News contains. You've heard this Good News of which I, Paul, became a servant. It has been spread throughout all creation under heaven. 23 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.
24 I am happy to suffer for you now. In my body I am completing whatever remains of Christ's sufferings. I am doing this on behalf of his body, the church. 24 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.
25 I became a servant of the church when God gave me the work of telling you his entire message. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
26 In the past God hid this mystery, but now he has revealed it to his people. 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 God wanted his people throughout the world to know the glorious riches of this mystery--which is Christ living in you, giving you the hope of glory. 27 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.
28 We spread the message about Christ as we instruct and teach everyone with all the wisdom there is. We want to present everyone as mature Christian people. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 I work hard and struggle to do this while his mighty power works in me. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.