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Colossians 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Devotion to Christ Above All
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:1 - Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:2 - To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.[fn]
Their Faith in Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:3 - We give thanks to the God and 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 of your love for all the saints;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:5 - because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:6 - which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit,[fn] as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:7 - as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:8 - who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
Preeminence of Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:9 - For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:10 - that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:11 - strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:12 - giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:13 - He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:14 - in whom we have redemption through His blood,[fn] the forgiveness of sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:15 - He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:16 - For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:17 - And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:18 - And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Reconciled in Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:19 - For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:20 - and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:21 - And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:22 - in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:23 - if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Sacrificial Service for Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:24 - I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:25 - of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:26 - the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:27 - To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[fn] is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:28 - Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:29 - To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text omits and the Lord Jesus Christ.
NU-Text and M-Text add and growing.
NU-Text and M-Text omit through His blood.
M-Text reads who.

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