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Colossians 1 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [fn]by the will of God, and Timothy [fn]our brother,

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To the [fn]saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

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We [fn]give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:4 - since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [fn]for all the [fn]saints;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:5 - because of the hope reserved for you in [fn]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [fn]the gospel
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:6 - which has come to you, just as [fn]in all the world also it is bearing fruit and [fn]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard it and [fn]understood the grace of God in truth;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:7 - just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:8 - and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.
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For this reason we also, since the day we heard about it, have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the [fn]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:10 - so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [fn]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [fn]increasing in the [fn]knowledge of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:11 - strengthened with all power, according to [fn]His glorious might, [fn]for the attaining of all perseverance and [fn]patience; joyously
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:12 - giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [fn]to share in the inheritance of the [fn]saints in light.

The Incomparable Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:13 - [fn]For He rescued us from the [fn]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [fn]His beloved Son,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:14 - in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
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[fn]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:16 - for [fn]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:17 - He [fn]is before all things, and in Him all things [fn]hold together.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:18 - He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:19 - For [fn]it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the [fn]fullness to dwell in Him,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:20 - and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in [fn]heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
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And although you were previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:22 - yet He has now reconciled you in His body of flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:23 - if indeed you continue in [fn]the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, [fn]was made a [fn]minister.
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Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am supplementing what is lacking [fn]in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of His body, which is the church.

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:25 - I [fn]was made a minister of this church according to the commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might [fn]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:26 - that is, the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His [fn]saints,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:27 - to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:28 - We proclaim Him, admonishing every person and teaching every person [fn]with all wisdom, so that we may present every person [fn]complete in Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:29 - For this purpose I also labor, striving according to His [fn]power which [fn]works mightily within me.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit through
Lit the
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Or always give...praying for you
Or toward
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit the heavens
Or of the gospel
Or it is in all the world also, bearing
Or spreading abroad
Or came to fully know
Or real knowledge
Lit unto all pleasing
Or growing by the knowledge
Or real knowledge
Lit the might of His glory
Lit unto all
Or patience with joy
Lit unto the portion of
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit Who rescued
Lit authority
Lit the Son of His love
Lit Who is
Or in
Or has existed prior to
Or endure
Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
I.e., fullness of deity
Lit the heavens
Or in faith
Lit became
Or servant
Lit of
Lit became
Lit make full the word of God
Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
Lit in
Or perfect
Lit working
Lit in power

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