The Incomparable Christ

13 [a]For He rescued us from the [b](A)domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [c](B)His beloved Son, 14 (C)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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

21 And although you were (V)previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now (W)reconciled you in His (X)body of flesh through death, in order to (Y)present you before Him (Z)holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in [k]the faith firmly (AA)established and steadfast, and not shifting from the (AB)hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed (AC)in all creation under heaven, (AD)and of which I, Paul, [l]was made a [m](AE)minister.

24 (AF)Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh (AG)I am supplementing what is lacking [n]in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of (AH)His body, which is the church. 25 (AI)I [o]was made a minister of this church according to the (AJ)commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might [p]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, (AK)the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His [q]saints, 27 to whom (AL)God willed to make known what (AM)the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is (AN)Christ in you, the (AO)hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, (AP)admonishing every person and teaching every person [r]with all (AQ)wisdom, so that we may (AR)present every person [s](AS)complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose I also (AT)labor, (AU)striving (AV)according to His [t]power which [u]works mightily within me.

You Are Built Up in Christ

For I want you to know how great a (AW)struggle I have in your behalf and for those who are at (AX)Laodicea, and for all those who have not [v]personally seen my face, that their (AY)hearts may be encouraged, having been (AZ)knit together in love, and that they would attain to all (BA)the wealth [w]that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a (BB)true knowledge of (BC)God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all (BD)the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (BE)I say this so that no one will deceive you with (BF)persuasive arguments. For even though I am (BG)absent in body, I am nevertheless with you in spirit, rejoicing [x]to see [y]your (BH)orderly manner and the (BI)stability of your faith in Christ.

Therefore, as you have received (BJ)Christ Jesus the Lord, so [z](BK)walk in Him, having been firmly (BL)rooted and now being (BM)built up in Him and (BN)established [aa]in [ab]your faith, just as you (BO)were instructed, and overflowing [ac]with gratitude.

(BP)See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through (BQ)philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the (BR)elementary principles of the world, [ad]rather than in accordance with Christ. For in Him all the (BS)fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been (BT)made [ae]complete, and (BU)He is the head [af]over every (BV)ruler and authority; 11 and in Him (BW)you were also circumcised with a circumcision performed without hands, in the removal of (BX)the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been (BY)buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also (BZ)raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who (CA)raised Him from the dead. 13 And [ag]when you were (CB)dead [ah]in your wrongdoings and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (CC)made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our wrongdoings, 14 having canceled (CD)the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and (CE)He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [ai](CF)disarmed the (CG)rulers and authorities, He (CH)made a public display of them, having (CI)triumphed over them through [aj]Him.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  2. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  3. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  4. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  5. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  6. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  7. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  8. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  9. Colossians 1:19 I.e., fullness of deity
  10. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens
  11. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  12. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  13. Colossians 1:23 Or servant
  14. Colossians 1:24 Lit of
  15. Colossians 1:25 Lit became
  16. Colossians 1:25 Lit make full the word of God
  17. Colossians 1:26 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  18. Colossians 1:28 Lit in
  19. Colossians 1:28 Or perfect
  20. Colossians 1:29 Lit working
  21. Colossians 1:29 Lit in power
  22. Colossians 2:1 Lit in the flesh
  23. Colossians 2:2 Lit of the full assurance
  24. Colossians 2:5 Lit and seeing
  25. Colossians 2:5 Or your good order
  26. Colossians 2:6 Or lead your life
  27. Colossians 2:7 Or by
  28. Colossians 2:7 Or the faith
  29. Colossians 2:7 One early ms in it with
  30. Colossians 2:8 Lit and not
  31. Colossians 2:10 Lit full
  32. Colossians 2:10 Lit of
  33. Colossians 2:13 Or although
  34. Colossians 2:13 Or by reason of
  35. Colossians 2:15 Or divested Himself of
  36. Colossians 2:15 Or it; i.e., the cross