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Colossians 1:15-23

MSG 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. NIV 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. MSG 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. NIV 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. MSG 17 He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. NIV 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. MSG 18 And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. NIV 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. MSG 19 So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. NIV 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. MSG 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. NIV 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— MSG 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. NIV 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move 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.

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