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1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
1:2  to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ in Colossae. May God our Father grant you grace and peace.
1:3  In all our prayers for you we always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1:4  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints
1:5  because of the hope that is stored up for you in heaven. You had learned of this hope through the word of truth, the gospel,
1:6  that has come down to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing throughout the entire world, so it has been bearing fruit among you, ever since the day when you heard it and came to understand the grace of God in truth.
1:7  You learned this from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant and a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf.
1:8  He was also the one who made known to us your love in the Spirit.
1:9  That is why, ever since the day we first heard about it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
1:10  And we ask this so that you may live in a manner worthy of the Lord and become fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and continuing to grow in the knowledge of God.
1:11  May you be fortified with the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be granted patience and endurance, while joyfully
1:12  giving thanks to the Father who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
1:13  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
1:14  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
1:16  For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers— all things were created through him and for him.
1:17  He exists before all things, and in him all things hold together.
1:18  He is the head of the body, that is, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in every way he should be supreme.
1:19  For in him it pleased God to make all fullness dwell,
1:20  and through him to reconcile all things for him, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood of the cross.
1:21  You yourselves were once alienated and hostile in your intent because of your evil deeds.
1:22  But now, through Christ’s death in his body of flesh, God has reconciled you to himself so that you may stand holy, blameless, and irreproachable in his presence.
1:23  However, you must persevere in the faith, firmly grounded and steadfast in your belief, and never allowing yourselves to drift away from the hope of the gospel that you accepted and that has now been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, the gospel of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
1:24  I find great joy at present in suffering for you, and in my own body I am completing the sufferings that still must be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.
1:25  I was made a minister of that Church, with the commission given to me by God to make fully known to you the word of God,
1:26  the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and from past generations but that now has been revealed to his saints.
1:27  To these God chose to make known how rich is the priceless glory that this mystery brings to the Gentiles—Christ in you, your hope of glory.
1:28  It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing and instructing everyone in all wisdom so that we may present everyone to Christ in a state of perfection.
1:29  For this I labor and struggle with all his energy working within me mightily.