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Colossians 1 - Easy To Read Version

1. Greetings from Paul, an apostle {\cf2\super [1]} of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle because that is what God wanted.

2. To the holy {\cf2\super [2]} and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ that live in Colossae. Grace (kindness) and peace from God our Father.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3. In our prayers we always thank God for you. God is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. We thank God because we have heard about the faith you have in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all of God’s people.

5. You have faith in Christ and love God’s people because of the hope you have. You know that the things you hope for are saved for you in heaven. You learned about this hope when you heard the true teaching, the Good News {\cf2\super [3]}

6. that was told to you. Everywhere in the world that Good News is bringing blessings and growing. This same thing has happened with you since the time you heard that Good News and understood the truth about the grace (kindness) of God.

7. You learned about the grace of God from Epaphras. Epaphras works together with us, and we love him. He is a faithful servant of Christ for us.

8. Epaphras also told us about the love you have from the \{Holy\} Spirit. {\cf2\super [4]}

9. Since the day we heard these things about you, we have continued praying for you. We pray these things for you:

10. that you will use these things to live in a way that brings honor to the Lord and pleases him in every way;\par that you will do all kinds of good things and grow in the knowledge of God;\par

11. that God will strengthen you with his\par own great power;\par that God will strengthen you,\par so that you will be patient\par and not quit when troubles come.\par

12. and give thanks to the Father. He has made you able to have the things he prepared for you. He has prepared these things for all his people who live in the light (good).

13. God made us free from the power of darkness (evil). And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus).

14. The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15. No person can see God. But Jesus is exactly like God. Jesus is ruler over all the things that have been made.

16. Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and not seen, all \{spiritual\} powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ.

17. Christ was there before anything was made. And all things continue because of him.

18. Christ is the head of the body. (The body is the church.) Everything comes from him. And he is the Lord {\cf2\super [5]} who was raised from death. So in all things Jesus is most important.

19. God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ.

20. And through Christ, God was happy to bring all things back to himself again—things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace by using Christ’s blood (death) on the cross.

21. At one time you were separated from God. You were God’s enemies in your minds, because the evil things you did were against God.

22. But now Christ has made you God’s friends again. Christ did this by his death while he was in his body. Christ did this so that he could bring you before God. He brings you before God as people who are holy, {\cf2\super [6]} with no wrong in you, and with nothing that God can judge you guilty of.

23. Christ will do this if you continue to believe in the Good News {\cf2\super [7]} you heard. You must continue strong and sure in your faith. You must not be moved away from the hope that Good News gave you. That same Good News has been told to all people in the world. I, Paul, help in telling that Good News.

Paul’s Labor for the Church

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