1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and the brother Timothy,
2to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3We always give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ when we pray for you,
4for we heard of your trust in Christ Jesus, and of the love that you have for all the holy ones
5because of the hope that is being stored up for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, which is the Good News
6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it is also doing that among you from the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.
7You learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful servant of Christ on your behalf,
8who also made known to us your love in the spirit.
9Because of all this, from the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you be filled with the full knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10so that you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the full knowledge of God;
11empowered with all power, by means of his glorious might, to attain all endurance and longsuffering;
12giving thanks with joy to the Father, who has qualified you for your part of the allotment of the holy ones in the kingdom of light.
13He rescued us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16For by him all things were created in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible: whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities, through him and for him all things have been created,
17and he is before all things, and in him all things are held together.
18And he is the head of the body, the congregation; he is its beginning, the firstborn out from among the dead, so that he could come to have first place in everything.
19For in him all the Fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him pleased
to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross—through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
And you were once alienated and enemies in your mind doing
22But now, in his body of flesh, he has reconciled you by his death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him,
if indeed you continue in the Faith,a
established and steadfast, and not being moved away from the hope of the Good News that you heard, which was preached to all creation under heaven, and
of which I myself, Paul, became a servant.
24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and am taking my turn to complete in my flesh the things that are lacking of the afflictions of Christ. I do this for the sake of his body, which is the Church,
of which I was made a servant, in accord with the administration of God that was given to me for you to complete the word of God,
the Sacred Secret, which has been hidden for ages and generations, but now has been revealed to his holy ones.
27God wanted to make known to them what is the riches of the glory of this Sacred Secret among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We proclaim him, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone, with all wisdom, so that we can present everyone mature in Christ.
29And I am toiling for that goal, struggling in accord with his working, which powerfully works in me.