2 to the saints at Colosse, and to the faithful brethren in Christ: grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love ye show to all the saints; 5 because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, which ye have heard before in the word of truth, the gospel, 6 which is come unto you, as it is also unto all the world; and beareth fruit, as also among you, from the day that ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 even as ye have learned from Epaphras our beloved fellow-labourer, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you; 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also from the day we heard it have not ceased praying for you, and beseeching God that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that ye may walk worthy of the Lord, well pleasing him in all things, in every good work fruitful, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to God, even the Father, who hath made us meet for a portion in the inheritance of the saints in light; 13 who hath plucked us out from the dominion of darkness, and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love: 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, and forgiveness of sins.
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the prime author of all creation: 16 for by him were all things created, celestial and terrestrial, visible or invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers, all were created by him, and for him: 17 and he is before all, and by him all things subsist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first begotten from the dead, that he might be in all things pre-eminent. 19 For it hath pleased the Father that in him all fulness should dwell; 20 and by him to reconcile all things to himself, making peace by the blood of his cross: by him, I say, whether they be things on earth, or things in the heavens.
21 And you who in time past were all aliens, and enemies in mind by wicked works, hath he now reconciled, 22 by the body of his flesh, through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and irreprehensible in his presence: 23 if ye abide in faith grounded and firm, and never moved aside from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which hath been preached to the whole creation which is under heaven, of which I Paul am a minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh the measure of afflictions for Christ which remains to be endured for his body, which is the church, 25 of which I am a minister, according to the dispensation of God, which was given me for you to fulfil the ministry of the word of God??26 the mystery which was hid from ages and from generations, but is now unveiled to his saints; 27 to whom God would make known what is 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 also I am labouring, conflicting in the energy of his might, which worketh in me powerfully.