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Colossians 1 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle because that is what God wanted. Also from Timothy, our brother. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the holy and faithful brothers and sistersn in Christ that live in Colossae: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 because we have heard about the faith you have in Christ Jesus and the love you have 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 this faith and love because of your hope, and what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You learned about this hope when you heard the message about the truth, the Good News 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 that was told to you. Everywhere in the world that Good News is bringing blessings and is growing. This has happened with you, too, since you heard the Good News and understood the truth about the grace of God. 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 God's grace from Epaphras, whom we love. He works together with us and is a faithful servant of Christ for us. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He also told us about the love you have from the Holy Spirit. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 Because of this, since the day we heard about you, we have continued praying for you, asking God that you will know fully what he wants. We pray that you will also have great wisdom and understanding in spiritual things 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 so that you will live the kind of life that honors and pleases the Lord in every way. You will produce fruit in every good work and grow in the 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 God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient. 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
12 And you will joyfully give thanks to the Father who has made you able to have a share in all that he has prepared for his people in the kingdom of light. 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 freed us from the power of darkness, and he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 The Son paid for our sins, and in him we have forgiveness. 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. He ranks higher than everything that has been made. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 Through his power all things were made -- things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. 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 was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is the head of the body, which is the church. Everything comes from him. He is the first one who was raised from the dead. So in all things Jesus has first place. 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 for all of himself to live in Christ. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 And through Christ, God has brought all things back to himself again -- things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace through the blood of Christ's death 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 At one time you were separated from God. You were his enemies in your minds, and the evil things you did were against God. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now God has made you his friends again. He did this through Christ's death in the body so that he might bring you into God's presence as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty. 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 will happen if you continue strong and sure in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope brought to you by the Good News that you heard. That same Good News has been told to everyone in the world, and I, Paul, help in preaching that Good News. 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 in my sufferings for you. There are things that Christ must still suffer through his body, the church. I am accepting, in my body, my part of these things that must be suffered. 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 because God gave me a special work to do that helps you, and that work is to tell fully the message of God. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
26 This message is the secret that was hidden from everyone since the beginning of time, but now it is made known to God's holy people. 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 God decided to let his people know this rich and glorious secret which he has for all people. This secret is Christ himself, who is in you. He is our only hope for 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 So we continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature person in Christ. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 To do this, I work and struggle, using Christ's great strength that works so powerfully in me. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.