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Only Christ Can Save People

From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am an apostle because that is what God wanted.

Also from Timothy, our brother.

To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ that live in Colosse. Grace and peace from God our Father.[a]

In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank God because we have heard about the faith you have in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all of God’s people. You have this faith and love because of your hope, and what you hope for is saved for you in heaven. You learned about this hope when you heard the true teaching, the Good News that was told to you. Everywhere in the world that Good News is bringing blessings and is growing. This has happened with you, too, since you heard the Good News and understood the truth about the grace of God. You learned about God’s grace from Epaphras, whom we love. Epaphras works together with us and is a faithful servant of Christ for us.[b] He also told us about the love you have from the Holy Spirit.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:2 Father Some Greek copies continue, “and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  2. 1:7 for us Some Greek copies read “for you.”

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