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16 my heart is always full and overflowing with thanks to God for you as I constantly remember you in my prayers.[a] 17 I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation[b] to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.

18 I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination,[c] flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of his calling[d]—that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!

19 I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power 20 that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him[e] to the place of highest honor and supreme authority[f] in the heavenly realm! 21 And now he is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised,[g] not only in this age,[h] but in the age that is coming![i]

22 And he alone is the leader and source of everything needed in the church. God has put everything beneath the authority of Jesus Christ[j] and has given him the highest rank above all others. 23 And now we, his church, are his body on the earth and that which fills him who is being filled by it![k]

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  1. 1:16 The literal Aramaic text can be translated “I began confessing on your behalf and praying.”
  2. 1:17 Or “discovery.”
  3. 1:18 Or “innermost” (heart).
  4. 1:18 Or “to which he is calling you.”
  5. 1:20 Or “he seated him” (enthroned).
  6. 1:20 Or “at his right hand,” a metaphor for the place of honor and authority.
  7. 1:21 As translated from the Aramaic.
  8. 1:21 The Aramaic word can be translated “universe.”
  9. 1:21 As translated from the Aramaic.
  10. 1:22 Both Greek and Aramaic texts use the figure of speech “under his feet,” which means he has conquered, subdued, and now rules over them.
  11. 1:23 That is, as we are those who are filled (completed) by Christ, we also complete (fill) him. What a wonderful and humbling mystery is revealed by this verse.

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