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1 I, Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God's master plan. Together with my friend Timothy, 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 I greet the Christians and stalwart followers of Christ who live in Colosse. May everything good from God our Father be yours! 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
3 Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can't quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--
5 The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. 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 It's the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you've been hungry for more. 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 It's as vigorous in you now as when you learned it from our friend and close associate Epaphras. He is one reliable worker for Christ! I could always depend on him. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He's the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven't stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. 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 pray that you'll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. 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 pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul - not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
12 thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. 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 rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He's set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, 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 who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels - everything got started in him and finds its purpose in 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 was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. 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 So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe - people and things, animals and atoms - get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from 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 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God's side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. 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 You don't walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message - just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message. 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 want you to know how glad I am that it's me sitting here in this jail and not you. There's a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world - the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church's part of that suffering. 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 When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God's way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth. 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 mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it's out in the open. 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message. 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 preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 That's what I'm working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.