God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (twi qewi patri tou kuriou hmwn Ihsou Cristou). Correct text without kai (and) as in Galatians 3:17 , though usually "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" ( 2 Corinthians 1:3 ; 2 Corinthians 11:31 ; Romans 15:6 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ; Revelation 1:6 ). In verse Colossians 1:2 we have the only instance in the opening benediction of an epistle when the name of "Jesus Christ" is not joined with "God our Father." Always (pantote). Amphibolous position between eucaristoumen (we give thanks) and proseucomenoi (praying). Can go with either.