18 to (A)open their eyes so that they may turn from (B)darkness to light and from the dominion of (C)Satan to God, that they may receive (D)forgiveness of sins and an (E)inheritance among those who have been sanctified by (F)faith in Me.’

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12 giving thanks to (A)the Father, who has qualified us [a]to share in (B)the inheritance of the [b]saints in (C)Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 [c]For He rescued us from the [d](D)domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [e](E)His beloved Son, 14 (F)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 [f]He is the (G)image of the (H)invisible God, the (I)firstborn of all creation. 16 For [g](J)by Him all things were created, (K)both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (L)thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—(M)all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [h](N)is before all things, and in Him all things [i]hold together. 18 He is also (O)head of (P)the body, the church; and He is (Q)the beginning, (R)the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For [j]it was (S)the Father’s good pleasure for all (T)the [k]fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to (U)reconcile all things to Himself, having made (V)peace through (W)the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, (X)whether things on earth or things in [l]heaven.

21 And although you were (Y)formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now (Z)reconciled you in His fleshly (AA)body through death, in order to (AB)present you before Him (AC)holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in [m]the faith firmly (AD)established and steadfast, and not moved away from the (AE)hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed (AF)in all creation under heaven, (AG)and of which I, Paul, [n]was made a [o](AH)minister.

24 (AI)Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh (AJ)I [p]do my share on behalf of (AK)His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking [q]in Christ’s afflictions. 25 (AL)Of this church I [r]was made a minister according to the (AM)stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might [s]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, (AN)the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His [t]saints, 27 to whom (AO)God willed to make known what is (AP)the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is (AQ)Christ in you, the (AR)hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, (AS)admonishing every man and teaching every man [u]with all (AT)wisdom, so that we may (AU)present every man [v](AV)complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I (AW)labor, (AX)striving (AY)according to His [w]power, which [x]mightily works within me.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  2. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones
  3. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  4. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  5. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  6. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  7. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  8. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  9. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  10. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  11. Colossians 1:19 I.e. fullness of deity
  12. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens
  13. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  14. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  15. Colossians 1:23 Or servant
  16. Colossians 1:24 Or representatively...fill up
  17. Colossians 1:24 Lit of
  18. Colossians 1:25 Lit became
  19. Colossians 1:25 Lit make full the word of God
  20. Colossians 1:26 Or holy ones
  21. Colossians 1:28 Lit in
  22. Colossians 1:28 Or perfect
  23. Colossians 1:29 Lit working
  24. Colossians 1:29 Lit in power

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