Colossians 1:1-8 New International Version


1 1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2  To God's holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[1] in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.[2]

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

3  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people- 5  the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6  that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world-just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God's grace. 7  You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[3] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[4] behalf, 8  and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.


[1] 1:2 The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God's family; also in 4:15.

[2] 1:2 Some manuscripts "Father and the Lord Jesus Christ"

[3] 1:7 Or "slave"

[4] 1:7 Some manuscripts "your"

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