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Paul’s Love for the Colossians

I wish you could know how much I have struggled[a] for you and for the church in Laodicea, and for the many other friends I’ve yet to meet. I am contending for you that your hearts will be wrapped in the comfort of heaven and woven together into love’s fabric. This will give you access[b] to all the riches of God as you experience the revelation of God’s great mystery—Christ.

For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.

I want you to know this so that no one will come and lead you into error[c] through their persuasive arguments and clever words. Even though I’m separated from you geographically, my spirit is present there with you. And I’m overjoyed to see how disciplined[d] and deeply committed you are because you have such a solid faith in Christ, the Anointed One.

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In the same way you received Jesus our Lord and Messiah by faith, continue your journey of faith, progressing further into your union with him!

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  1. 2:1 The Greek word agon (from which we get “agony”) means an intense conflict and struggle. This could imply Paul’s apostolic intercession for them.
  2. 2:2 Or in the Aramaic “approach.”
  3. 2:4 By implication, this “error” would be the teaching that Jesus is not enough, adding something to the all-sufficient Christ.
  4. 2:5 The Greek text literally means “unbroken battle formation.” The Aramaic can be translated “organized” or “principled.”

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