Colossians 1


1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and
 Timothy [our] brother,
1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at
 Colosse: Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father and
 the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus
 Christ, praying always for you,
1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the
 love [which ye have] to all the saints,
1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which ye
 have heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
1:6 Which is come to you, as [it is] in all the world; and
 bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day
 ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth:
1:7 As ye also learned from Epaphras our dear fellow-servant,
 who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
1:8 Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not
 cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye may be filled with
 the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual
 understanding;
1:10 That ye may walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being
 fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of
 God;
1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious
 power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;
1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, who hath made us meet to be
 partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
 translated [us] into the kingdom of his beloved Son:
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the
 forgiveness of sins:
1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of
 every creature:
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
 that are upon earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or
 dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were
 created by him, and for him:
1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
 beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all [things]
 he may have the pre-eminence.
1:19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fullness
 dwell;
1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by
 him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, [I say],
 whether [they are] things on earth, or things in heaven.
1:21 And you, that were formerly alienated and enemies in [your]
 mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled,
1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy
 and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight:
1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [are]
 not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have
 heard, [and] which hath been preached to every creature which
 is under heaven; of which I Paul am made a minister;
1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that
 which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for
 his body's sake, which is the church:
1:25 Of which I am made a minister, according to the
 dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill
 the word of God;
1:26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from
 generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the
 glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in
 you, the hope of glory:
1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man
 in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ
 Jesus.
1:29 For which I also labor, striving according to his working,
 which worketh in me mightily.
 
 

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