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Colossians 1 - Lighthouse Bible 2006

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

2. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4. Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints,

5. For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

6. Which has come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

7. As you also learned from Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

8. Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

9. For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10. That you might walk worthy of the Lord for all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

12. Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be sharers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

13. Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has transferred us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15. Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16. For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17. And he is before all things, and by him all things hold together.

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 might have the preeminence.

19. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

20. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they are things on earth, or things in heaven.

21. And you, who were at one time alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled

22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

23. If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; of which I Paul am made a minister;

Paul’s Labor for the Church

24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is lacking in the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

25. Of which I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;

26. Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

27. To whom God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

28. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

29. For which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

The Lighthouse Bible

David A. Plaisted (Standard Copyright License)



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