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1:2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ [who are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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 you have toward all the saints,
1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
1:7 even as you learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
1:8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
1:9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, haven`t ceased to pray and make requests for you, that you 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, to all patience and perseverance with joy;
1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
1:14 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, 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 on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and to him.
1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.
1:19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him;
1:20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross. Through him, I say, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens.
1:23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant.
1:26 the mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his saints,
1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, who 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 for which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.