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   Book of ColossiansClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
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Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

1 Paul, R1 an R2 apostle of Jesus Christ by R3 F1 the will of God, and Timothy R4 our F2 brother,

2 To the saints R5 F3 and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace R6 to you and peace from God our Father.

3 We R7 give thanks to God, the R8 Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since R9 we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love R10 which you have for F4 all R11 the saints; F5 5 because of the hope R12 laid R13 up for you in heaven, F6 of which you previously heard R14 in the word of truth, the F7 gospel 6 which has come to you, just as in R15 F8 all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit R16 and increasing, F9 even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard R17 of it and understood F10 the grace of God in truth; 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, R18 our beloved R19 fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8 and he also informed us of your love R20 in the Spirit.

9 For this reason also, since R21 the day we heard of it, we R22 have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge R23 F11 of His will in all spiritual wisdom R24 and understanding, 10 so that you will walk R25 in a manner worthy of the Lord, to R26 F12 please Him in all respects, bearing R27 fruit in every good work and increasing F13 in the knowledge F14 of God; 11 strengthened R28 with all power, according to His F15 glorious might, for F16 the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; F17 joyously R29 12 giving thanks to the R30 Father, who has qualified us to F18 share in the R31 inheritance of the saints F19 in Light. R32

The Incomparable Christ

13 For F20 He rescued us from the domain R33 F21 of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His R34 F22 beloved Son, 14 in R35 whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He F23 is the image R36 of the invisible R37 God, the firstborn R38 of all creation. 16 For by R39 F24 Him all things were created, both R39 in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones R40 or dominions or rulers or authorities--all R41 things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is R42 F25 before all things, and in Him all things hold F26 together. 18 He is also head R43 of the R44 body, the church; and He is the R45 beginning, the R46 firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it F27 was the R47 Father's good pleasure for all the R48 fullness F28 to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile R49 all things to Himself, having made peace R50 through the R51 blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether R52 things on earth or things in heaven. F29

21 And although you were formerly R53 alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled R54 you in His fleshly body R55 through death, in order to present R56 you before Him holy R57 and blameless and beyond reproach-- 23 if indeed you continue in the F30 faith firmly established R58 and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope R59 of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in R60 all creation under heaven, and R61 of which I, Paul, was F31 made a minister. R62 F32

24 Now R63 I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I R64 do F33 my share on behalf of His R65 body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in F34 Christ's afflictions. 25 Of R66 this church I was F35 made a minister according to the stewardship R67 from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully F36 carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the R68 mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, F37 27 to whom God R69 willed to make known what is the R70 riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ R71 in you, the hope R72 of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing R73 every man and teaching every man with F38 all wisdom, R74 so that we may present R75 every man complete R76 F39 in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, R77 striving R78 according R79 to His power, F40 which mightily F41 works within me.


FOOTNOTES:
F1: Lit through
F2: Lit the
F3: Or holy ones
F4: Or toward
F5: Or holy ones
F6: Lit the heavens
F7: Or of the gospel
F8: Or it is in the world
F9: Or spreading abroad
F10: Or came really to know
F11: Or real knowledge
F12: Lit unto all pleasing
F13: Or growing by the knowledge
F14: Or real knowledge
F15: Lit the might of His glory
F16: Lit unto all
F17: Or patience with joy
F18: Lit unto the portion of
F19: Or holy ones
F20: Lit Who rescued
F21: Lit authority
F22: Lit the Son of His love
F23: Lit Who is
F24: Or in
F25: Or has existed prior to
F26: Or endure
F27: Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
F28: I.e. fullness of deity
F29: Lit the heavens
F30: Or in faith
F31: Lit became
F32: Or servant
F33: Or representatively...fill up
F34: Lit of
F35: Lit became
F36: Lit make full the word of God
F37: Or holy ones
F38: Lit in
F39: Or perfect
F40: Lit working
F41: Lit in power

CROSS REFERENCES:
R1: Philippians 1:1
R2: 2 Corinthians 1:1
R3: 1 Corinthians 1:1
R4: 2 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:2
R5: Acts 9:13
R6: Romans 1:7
R7: Romans 1:8
R8: Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3
R9: Ephesians 1:15
R10: Galatians 5:6
R11: Ephesians 6:18
R12: Acts 23:6
R13: 2 Timothy 4:8
R14: Ephesians 1:13
R15: Romans 10:18
R16: Romans 1:13
R17: Ephesians 4:21
R18: Colossians 4:12
R19: Colossians 4:7
R20: Romans 15:30
R21: Colossians 1:4
R22: Ephesians 1:16
R23: Philippians 1:9
R24: Ephesians 1:17
R25: Ephesians 4:1
R26: Ephesians 5:10
R27: Romans 1:13
R28: 1 Corinthians 16:13
R29: Ephesians 4:2
R30: Ephesians 2:18
R31: Acts 20:32
R32: Acts 26:18
R33: Ephesians 6:12
R34: Ephesians 1:6
R35: Romans 3:24
R36: 2 Corinthians 4:4
R37: John 1:1
R38: Romans 8:29
R39: Ephesians 1:10
R39: Ephesians 1:10
R40: Ephesians 1:20f; Colossians 2:15
R41: John 1:3; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 8:6
R42: John 1:1; 8:58
R43: Ephesians 1:22
R44: Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:24; 2:19
R45: Revelation 3:14
R46: Acts 26:23
R47: Ephesians 1:5
R48: John 1:16
R49: 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 2:16
R50: Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14
R51: Ephesians 2:13
R52: Colossians 1:16
R53: Romans 5:10; Ephesians 2:3,12
R54: 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 2:16
R55: Romans 7:4
R56: Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:28
R57: Ephesians 1:4
R58: Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:7
R59: Colossians 1:5
R60: Mark 16:15; Acts 2:5; Colossians 1:6
R61: Ephesians 3:7; Colossians 1:25
R62: 1 Corinthians 3:5
R63: Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 1:5; 12:15; Philippians 2:17
R64: 2 Timothy 1:8; 2:10
R65: Colossians 1:18
R66: Colossians 1:23
R67: Ephesians 3:2
R68: Romans 16:25f; Ephesians 3:3f; Colossians 2:2; 4:3
R69: Matthew 13:11
R70: Ephesians 1:7,18; 3:16
R71: Romans 8:10
R72: 1 Timothy 1:1
R73: Acts 20:31; Colossians 3:16
R74: 1 Corinthians 2:6f; Colossians 2:3
R75: Colossians 1:22
R76: Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 4:13
R77: 1 Corinthians 15:10
R78: Colossians 2:1; 4:12
R79: Ephesians 1:19; Colossians 2:12

 
 

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