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1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ [that are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
1:3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
1:4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints,
1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
1:7 even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
1:8 who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
1:11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;
1:12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
1:14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
1:16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;
1:17 and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.
1:19 For it was the good pleasure [of the Father] that in him should all the fulness dwell;
1:20 and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, [I say], whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.
1:23 if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister.
1:26 [even] the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,
1:27 to whom God was pleased to 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 proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ;
1:29 whereunto I labor also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.