Colossians 1 New American Standard Bible

Salutation

1 Paul , an apostle of Jesus Christ [1] by the will of God , and Timothy [2]our brother , 2  To the [3] saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae : Grace to you and peace from God our Father .

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

3  We give thanks to God , the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , praying always for you, 4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [4]for all the [5]saints ; 5  because of the hope laid up for you in [6]heaven , of which you previously heard in the word of truth , [7]the gospel 6  which has come to you, just as [8] in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and [9]increasing , even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and [10]understood the grace of God in truth ; 7  just as you learned it from Epaphras , our beloved fellow bond-servant , who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf , 8  and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit .

9  For this reason also , since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [11] knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding , 10  so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord , [12] to please Him in all respects , bearing fruit in every good work and [13]increasing in the [14]knowledge of God ; 11  strengthened with all power , according to [15]His glorious might , [16]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [17]patience ; joyously

12  giving thanks to the Father , who has qualified us [18]to share in the inheritance of the [19]saints in Light . 13  [20]For He rescued us from the [21] domain of darkness , and transferred us to the kingdom of [22] His beloved Son ,

Reconciliation through Christ's Death

14  in whom we have redemption , the forgiveness of sins . 15  [23]He is the image of the invisible God , the firstborn of all creation . 16  For [24] by Him all things were created , both in the heavens and on earth , visible and invisible , whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17  He [25] is before all things , and in Him all things [26]hold together . 18  He is also head of the body , the church ; and He is the beginning , the firstborn from the dead , so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything . 19  For [27]it was the Father's good pleasure for all the [28]fullness to dwell in Him, 20  and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself , having made peace through the blood of His cross ; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in [29]heaven .

Paul's Ministry to the Church

21  And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind , engaged in evil deeds , 22  yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death , in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach - 23  if indeed you continue in [30]the faith firmly established and steadfast , and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard , which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven , and of which I, Paul , [31]was made a [32] minister . 24  Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake , and in my flesh I [33]do my share on behalf of His body , which is the church , in filling up what is lacking [34]in Christ's afflictions . 25  Of this church I [35]was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit , so that I might [36]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God , 26  that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations , but has now been manifested to His [37]saints , 27  to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles , which is Christ in you, the hope of glory . 28  We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man [38]with all wisdom , so that we may present every man [39] complete in Christ . 29  For this purpose also I labor , striving according to His [40]power , which [41]mightily works within me.

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Lit "through"

[2] 1:1 Lit "the"

[3] 1:2 Or "holy ones"

[4] 1:4 Or "toward"

[5] 1:4 Or "holy ones"

[6] 1:5 Lit "the heavens"

[7] 1:5 Or "of the gospel"

[8] 1:6 Or "it is in the world"

[9] 1:6 Or "spreading abroad"

[10] 1:6 Or "came really to know"

[11] 1:9 Or "real knowledge"

[12] 1:10 Lit "unto all pleasing"

[13] 1:10 Or "growing by the knowledge"

[14] 1:10 Or "real knowledge"

[15] 1:11 Lit "the might of His glory"

[16] 1:11 Lit "unto all"

[17] 1:11 Or "patience with joy"

[18] 1:12 Lit "unto the portion of"

[19] 1:12 Or "holy ones"

[20] 1:13 Lit "Who rescued"

[21] 1:13 Lit "authority"

[22] 1:13 Lit "the Son of His love"

[23] 1:15 Lit "Who is"

[24] 1:16 Or "in"

[25] 1:17 Or "has existed prior to"

[26] 1:17 Or "endure"

[27] 1:19 Or "all the fullness was pleased to dwell"

[28] 1:19 I.e. fullness of deity

[29] 1:20 Lit "the heavens"

[30] 1:23 Or "in faith"

[31] 1:23 Lit "became"

[32] 1:23 Or "servant"

[33] 1:24 Or "representatively...fill up"

[34] 1:24 Lit "of"

[35] 1:25 Lit "became"

[36] 1:25 Lit "make full the word of God"

[37] 1:26 Or "holy ones"

[38] 1:28 Lit "in"

[39] 1:28 Or "perfect"

[40] 1:29 Lit "working"

[41] 1:29 Lit "in power"

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