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.
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the charity which ye have toward all the saints, 5 for the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which ye have already heard by the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day ye heard it and knew the grace of God in truth, 7 as ye also learned of Epaphras, our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ, 8 who also declared unto us your charity in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, asking that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 that ye might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing him in everything, being fruitful in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all might, according to the power of his glory unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, 12 giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us worthy to participate in the inheritance of the saints in light, 13 who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the remission of sins,
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 the heavens and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by him and in him; 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the congregation , 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 by him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross , whether they are the things in the earth or the things in the heavens.
21 And you, that were in another time alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled you 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight 23 if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard and which is preached to every creature which is under heaven, of which I Paul am made a minister,
24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fulfill in my flesh that which is lacking of the tribulations of the Christ for his body's sake, which is the congregation , 25 of which I am made a minister by the dispensation of God which is given to me in you, to fulfil the word of God, 26 even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints, 27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery in the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, 28 whom we preach, warning every man and teaching in all wisdom that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, 29 in which I continue to labour, contending according to his operation, which he works in me mightily.