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Colossians 1:15-23 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

The Son of God Is the Same as God

15 No one can see God,
    but the Son is exactly like God.
    He rules over everything that has been made.[a]
16 Through his power all things were made:
    things in heaven and on earth, seen and not seen—
all spiritual rulers, lords, powers, and authorities.
    Everything was made through him and for him.

17 The Son was there before anything was made.
    And all things continue because of him.
18 He is the head of the body, which is the church.
    He is the beginning of everything else.
And he is the first among all who will be raised from death.[b]
    So in everything he is most important.

19 God was pleased for all of himself to live in the Son.
20     And through him, God was happy to bring all things back to himself again—
    things on earth and things in heaven.
God made peace by using the blood sacrifice of his Son on the cross.

21 At one time you were separated from God. You were his enemies in your minds, because the evil you did was against him. 22 But now he has made you his friends again. He did this by the death Christ suffered while he was in his body. He did it so that he could present you to himself as people who are holy, blameless, and without anything that would make you guilty before him. 23 And that is what will happen if you continue to believe in the Good News you heard. You must remain strong and sure in your faith. You must not let anything cause you to give up the hope that became yours when you heard the Good News. That same Good News has been told to everyone on earth, and that’s the work that I, Paul, was given to do.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:15 He … made Literally, “He is the firstborn of all creation.” See “firstborn” in the Word List.
  2. Colossians 1:18 first … death Literally, “firstborn from the dead.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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