Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will fo God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
We always thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ when we pray for you
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,
which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.
just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf
and has made known to us your love in the spirit
and so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light
he has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation
For by him all things were created in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominion or rulers or authorities all things were created through him and for him.
and he is before all things and in him all things hold together.
and he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent
for in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
and through him to reconcile to himself all things whether on earth or in heaven making peace by the blood of his cross
And you who were once alienated and hostile in mind doing evil deeds
he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.
if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven and of which I Paul became a minister.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body that is the church
of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you to make the word of God fully known
the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
to them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Him we proclaim warning everyone, and teaching everyone with all wisdom that we may present everyone mature in Christ
For this I toil struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those in Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face.
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery which is Christ
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments
for though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
see to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
for in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily
and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority
in him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh, by the circumcision of Christ
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
and you who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses
by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross
he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him.