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Colossians 1
2 To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and peace from God our Father. 3 We Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament: ``Continually" belongs with ``give thanks," not elsewhere.continually give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), as we are praying for you, 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you for all the saints (God's consecrated ones), 5 Because of the hope laid up (Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.reserved and waiting) for you in heaven. Of this you heard in the past in the message of the truth of the Gospel, 6 Which has come to you. Indeed, in the whole world is bearing fruit and still is growing Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon., even as it has done among yourselves ever since the day you first heard and came to know and understand the grace of God in truth. 7 You so learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ in our stead and as our representative and Many ancient manuscripts read ``yours."yours. 8 Also he has informed us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make request for you, that you may be filled with the Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things-- 10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God . 11 that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, 12 Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light. 13 has delivered and Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son Literal translation.of His love, 14 In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins. 15 He is the Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People: Strong terms--thus translated ``exact likeness."exact likeness of the unseen God ; He is the Firstborn of all creation. 16 For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him and in and for Him. 17 And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together). 18 He also is the Head of body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place . 19 For it has pleased that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.permanently. 20 And God purposed that through (Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English the service, the intervention of) Him all things should be completely reconciled Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, made peace by means of the blood of His cross. 21 And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, 22 Yet now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His presence. 23 provided that you continue to Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.stay with and in the faith , well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible with A Commentary. to every person under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24 now I rejoice in Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.the midst of my sufferings on your behalf. And in my own person I am making up whatever is still lacking and remains to be completed of Christ's afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church. 25 In it I became a minister in accordance with the divine Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.stewardship which was entrusted to me for you , to make the Word of God fully known -- 26 The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations , but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), 27 To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of glory. 28 Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One). 29 For this I labor , striving with all the Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me.