The Passion Translation
Paul’s Love for the Colossians
2 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. 2 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.
3 For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.
4 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. 5 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.
New Life in Christ
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- 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 Or in the Aramaic “approach.”
- 2:4 By implication, this “error” would be the teaching that Jesus is not enough, adding something to the all-sufficient Christ.
- 2:5 The Greek text literally means “unbroken battle formation.” The Aramaic can be translated “organized” or “principled.”