The Epistle of Paul the Apostle
Redemption comes through Christ—He created all things, is in the image of God, and is the Firstborn of the Father.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your afaith in Christ Jesus, and of the blove which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the ahope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the bgospel;
6 Which is come unto you, aas it is in all the world; and bringeth forth bfruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the cgrace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of aEpaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the aknowledge of his bwill in all wisdom and spiritual cunderstanding;
10 That ye might awalk bworthy of the Lord unto all cpleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the dknowledge of God;
11 aStrengthened with all might, according to his bglorious cpower, unto all patience and longsuffering with djoyfulness;
12 Giving athanks unto the Father, which hath bmade us meet to be partakers of the cinheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of adarkness, and hath translated us into the bkingdom of his dear cSon:
14 In whom we have aredemption through his blood, even the bforgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the aimage of the invisible bGod, the cfirstborn of devery creature:
16 For by him were all athings bcreated, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or cprincipalities, or powers: all things were dcreated by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things aconsist.
18 And he is the ahead of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the bfirstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all afulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to areconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were asometime balienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through adeath, to present you holy and bunblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye acontinue in the faith bgrounded and settled, and be not cmoved away from the dhope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the aafflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the adispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the amystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made bmanifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make aknown what is the briches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we apreach, bwarning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.