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1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by God to be 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 It is written to God's holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in 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 pray for you, and we give thanks to 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 for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus and that you love 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 do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven -- as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of 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 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God's great kindness to sinners. 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 Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ's faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 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 the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 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 also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled 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 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the 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 For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has 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 God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins. 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see -- kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. 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 else began, and he holds all creation together. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 Christ is the head of the church, which is his body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so he is first 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 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and by him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood 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 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions, 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 yet now he has brought you back as his friends. He has done this through his death on the cross in his own human body. As a result, he has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 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 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it. 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 glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am completing what remains of Christ's sufferings for 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 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his message in all its fullness to you Gentiles. 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 was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to his own holy people. 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his 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 everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 I work very hard at this, as I depend on Christ's mighty power that works within me. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.