Colossians 1 ©
After saluting the saints at Colosse, Paul testifieth his thankfulness to God for the good account he had heard of their faith and love; and his continual prayers for their improvement in spiritual knowledge, right practice, and thanksgiving to God for the benefits of redemption by his Son. He sheweth them the exalted nature and mediatorial office of Christ, by whom they, who were once enemies, were now reconciled, if they continued true to the gospel, whereof he Paul was made a minister to preach it to the Gentiles.
cTo the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at dColosse: eGrace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
iWhich is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and jbringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and kknew the grace of God in truth:
pStrengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, qunto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
rGiving thanks unto the Father, which shath made us *meet to be partakers of the tinheritance of the saints in light:
For bby him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is dthe head of the body, the church: who is ethe beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that 2in all things he might have the preeminence.
If ye jcontinue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from kthe hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which lwas preached to every *creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul mam made a minister;
Who now nrejoice in my sufferings for you, oand fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his pbody's sake, which is the church:
To whom God would smake known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is tChrist 6in you, the hope of glory: