Colossians 1 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 We are sending this letter to you, our brothers and sisters in Colosse. You belong to Christ. You are holy and faithful. 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 thank 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 We thank him because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus. We have also heard 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 Your faith and love are based on the hope you have. What you hope for is stored up for you in heaven. You have already heard about it. You were told about it when the message of truth was given to you. I'm talking about 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 has come to you. All over the world the good news is bearing fruit and growing. It has been doing that among you since the day you heard it. That is when you understood God's grace in all its truth. 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 the good news from Epaphras. He is dear to us. He serves Christ together with us. He faithfully works for Christ and for us among you. 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 your love that comes from the Holy Spirit. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 That's why we have not stopped praying for you. We have been praying for you since the day we heard about you. We have been asking God to fill you with the knowledge of what he wants. We pray that he will give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 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 will lead a life that is worthy of the Lord. We pray that you will please him in every way. So we want you to bear fruit in every good thing you do. We want you to grow to know God 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 want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power. We want you to be patient. Never give up. Be joyful 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully
12 as you give thanks to the Father. He has made you fit to share with all his people. You will all receive a share 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 He has saved us from the kingdom of darkness. He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son 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 Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all of our sins have been forgiven. 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 Christ is the exact likeness of God, who can't be seen. He is first, and he is over all of creation. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 All things were created by him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can't be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by 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 Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead. That happened so that he would be far above 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 his whole nature living in Christ. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 God was pleased to bring all things back to himself because of what Christ has done. That includes all things on earth and in heaven. God made peace through Christ's blood, through his 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 enemies in your minds because of your evil ways. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But because Christ died, God has brought you back to himself. Christ's death has made you holy in God's sight. So now you don't have any flaw. You are free from 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 But you must keep your faith steady and firm. Don't move away from the hope that the good news holds out to you. It is the good news that you heard. It has been preached to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, now serve the 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 because of what was suffered for you. And in my body I fill up my share in Christ's sufferings. I do it for his body, which is 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 serve the church. God appointed me to bring all of his word to you. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--
26 That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to God's people. 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.
27 God has chosen to make known to them the glorious riches of that mystery. He has made it known among those who aren't Jews. And here is what it is. Christ is in you. He is your 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 preach about him. With all the wisdom we have, we warn and teach everyone. When we bring them to God, we want them to be perfect as people who belong to Christ. 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 for. I work hard with all of Christ's strength. His strength works powerfully in me. 29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.