Colossians 1


1 Paul, a an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

2 To the saints b and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
c Grace to you and peace from God our Father 1 and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 d We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 e since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of f your love for all the saints; 5 because of the hope g which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which has come to you, h as it has also in all the world, and i is bringing forth 2 fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew j the grace of God in truth; 7 as you also learned from k Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is l a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, 8 who also declared to us your m love in the Spirit.

9 n For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask o that you may be filled with p the knowledge of His will q in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 r that you may walk worthy of the Lord, s fully pleasing Him, t being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the u knowledge of God; 11 v strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, w for all patience and longsuffering x with joy; 12 y giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of z the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from a the power of darkness b and 3 conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 c in whom we have redemption 4 through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

The Preeminence of Christ

15 He is d the image of the invisible God, e the firstborn over all creation. 16 For f by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or g dominions or 5 principalities or 6 powers. All things were created h through Him and for Him. 17 i And He is before all things, and in Him j all things consist. 18 And k He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, l the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that m in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and n by Him to reconcile o all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, p having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21 And you, q who once were alienated and enemies in your mind r by wicked works, yet now He has s reconciled 22 t in the body of His flesh through death, u to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight - 23 if indeed you continue v in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are w not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, x which was preached to every creature under heaven, y of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Paul's Ministry to the Church

24 z I now rejoice in my sufferings a for you, and fill up in my flesh b what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for c the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to d the 7 stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 e the 8 mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, f but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 g To them God willed to make known what are h the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: 9 which is i Christ in you, j the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, k warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, l that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me m mightily.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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