2 To the saints which are at Colossae, and brethren that believe in Christ. Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you in our prayers, 4 since we heard of your faith which ye have in Christ Jesus: and of the love which ye bear to all saints 5 for the hope's sake which is laid up in store for you in heaven, of which hope ye have heard before by the true word of the gospel, 6 which is come unto you, even as it is into all the world, and is fruitful as it is among you, from the first day in the which ye heard of it, and had experience in the grace of God in the truth, 7 as ye learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, which is for you a faithful minister of Christ, 8 which also declared unto us your love, which ye have in the spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard of it have not ceased praying for you, and desiring that ye might be fulfilled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 that ye might walk worthy of the Lord in all things that please, being fruitful in all good works and increasing in the knowledge of God 11 strengthened with all might, through his glorious power, unto all patience, and long suffering, with joyfulness, 12 giving thanks unto the father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of saints in light. 13 Which hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son, 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, that is to say, forgiveness of sins,
15 which is the image of the invisible God, first begotten of all creatures: 16 for by him were all things created, things that are in heaven, and things that are in earth: things visible, and things invisible: whether they be majesty or lordship, either rule or power. 17 All things are created by him, and in him, and he is before all things, and in him all things have their being. 18 And he is the head of the body, that is, to wit, of the congregation: he is the beginning and first begotten of 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, and to set at peace by him through the blood of his cross both things in heaven and things in earth.
21 And you - which were in times past strangers and enemies, because your minds were set in evil works - hath he now reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to make you holy, unblameable, and without fault in his own sight, 23 if ye continue grounded and established in the faith, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, whereof ye have heard, how that it is preached among all creatures, which are under heaven, whereof I, Paul, am made a minister.
24 Now joy I in my sufferings which I suffer, for you; and fulfill that which is behind of the passions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the congregation - 25 whereof am I made a minister according to the ordinance of God, which ordinance was given me unto you ward, to fulfill the word of God: 26 that mystery, hid since the world began, and since the beginning of generations: But now is opened to his saints, 27 to whom God would make known the glorious riches of this mystery among the gentiles, which riches is Christ in you, the hope of glory, 28 whom we preach warning all men, and teaching all men in all wisdom, to make all men perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 Wherein I also labour and strive, even as far forth as his working worketh in me mightily.