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Colossians 1 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ [fn]by the will of God, and Timothy [fn]our brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:2 - To the [fn]saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:3 - We 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 laid up 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 constantly bearing fruit and [fn]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:9 - For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask 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 steadfastness 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:15 - [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 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, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in [fn]heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:21 - And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:22 - yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body 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 moved away 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:24 - Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I [fn]do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking [fn]in Christ’s afflictions.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:25 - Of this church I [fn]was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on 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 has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His [fn]saints,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:27 - to whom God willed 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:28 - We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man [fn]with all wisdom, so that we may present every man [fn]complete in Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:29 - For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His [fn]power, which [fn]mightily works within me.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: through
Literally: the
Or, holy ones
Or, toward
Or, holy ones
Literally: the heavens
Or, of the gospel
Or, it is in the world
Or, spreading abroad
Or, came really to know
Or, real knowledge
Literally: unto all pleasing
Or, growing by the knowledge
Or, real knowledge
Literally: the might of His glory
Literally: unto all
Or, patience with joy
Literally: unto the portion of
Or, holy ones
Literally: Who rescued
Literally: authority
Literally: the Son of His love
Literally: Who is
Or, in
Or, has existed prior to
Or, endure
Or, all the fullness was pleased to dwell
I.e. fullness of deity
Literally: the heavens
Or, in faith
Literally: became
Or, servant
Or, representatively...fill up
Literally: of
Literally: became
Literally: make full the word of God
Or, holy ones
Literally: in
Or, perfect
Literally: working
Literally: in power

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