Letter to the Colossians

Letter to the Colossians

Chapter 1

1 I am Paul, and I became the apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. I and brother Timothy greet you.
2 I write to you, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ Jesus, who live in Colosse.
3 Receive grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We always pray for you and give thanks to God who is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 We got to know that you believe in Christ Jesus and love all the holy people of God.
5 And you will receive what God prepared for you in heaven. You expect it with full confidence since the time when you heard the true word. This Good News brought you firm hope, and the hope filled you with faith and love.
6 You heard the Good News about Christ, understood the truth about God’s grace, and now the Good News lives in you. It bears fruit among you and in the whole world. The message about Christ spreads everywhere.
7 Our dear brother Epaphras preached to you the Good News about Christ. He works among you and faithfully serves Christ.
8 He told us that the Holy Spirit filled you with love.
9 We heard of it, and since that time we regularly pray for you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of what He wants to do. May God give you all the wisdom and spiritual understanding.
10 Live worthy of God and please Him in everything. Bear fruit in every good work and get to know God more and more.
11 Strengthen yourself with all of God’s power, with His might and His glory. Grow in endurance, be patient and rejoice.
12 Thank God the Father who gave us the right to get His inheritance. We will share the inheritance with all the holy people of God who live in the light.
13 God saved us from the darkness, and the darkness lost its power over us. God brought us into the Kingdom in which His beloved Son rules.
14 The Son of God shed His blood, paid for our freedom, and we received the forgiveness of sins.
15 The Son of God is the image of the invisible God. The Father gave birth to His Son before He created the world.
16 He created everything that exists in heaven and on earth. He created everything what we can see and what we cannot see. He created thrones and lordships, rulers and authorities. And He created everything for Himself.
17 He existed before anything else, and He holds all the creation together.
18 The Son of God became the head of the Church, and the Church is His Body. He is the beginning of everything, and He is the first who was raised from the dead. He is the first in everything.
19 All perfection is in the Son of God, and the Father is pleased with it.
20 The Son of God shed His blood on the cross. And God made peace with all that exist in heaven and on earth through His Son. The Father reconciled with Himself everything through His Son.
21 You used to be far from God. You were doing evil deeds, and you were hostile to God in your mind.
22 The physical body of Christ died on the cross. And He created the Church through His death and called it His Body. He reconciled you with God in His Body. You stand in the presence of God, and He sees you holy, blameless, and without any fault.
23 But you must fully believe and do not doubt. You heard the Good News about Christ, and it brought you firm hope. Do not lose this hope. Everyone who lives under the heavens should hear this News. And I, Paul, serve everybody and preach the Good News about Christ.
24 Christ suffered and created the Church. And I suffer because of you, but I rejoice. I suffer physically because of the Church, and the Church is the Body of Christ. But I cannot compare my sufferings with the sufferings of Christ.
25 I serve the Church and build the house of God. God gave me this responsibility for your benefit, and I fulfill the Word of God.
26 For centuries the secret was hidden in the Word of God. Previous generations of people did not know this secret. But now God revealed this secret to His holy people.
27 And this is the secret which God wanted to show to His holy people. God made the Gentiles rich with His glory. Gentiles, Christ lives in you. Be absolutely sure that you will enter into His glory.
28 We preach about Christ and bring people to understanding of the truth. We teach each person with all the wisdom, and each person becomes mature in Christ Jesus.
29 So I work hard and make a lot of efforts. I rely on the power of Christ which works in me in a mighty way.

Chapter 2

1 I want you to know that I face great opposition. I am going through this because of you and because of those who live in Laodicea. I am going through this also for the sake of those who have never met me personally.
2 I want you to love. Love unites and brings peace to the hearts. Love enriches, it gives full confidence and understanding. Love and you will get to know the secret of God the Father and Christ.
3 In Christ you will find all the hidden treasures, and they will bring you wisdom and knowledge.
4 I tell you this so that no one could convince you to believe in false words which sound like the truth.
5 Physically I am far away from you, but spiritually I am with you. I can see that you are going good. You firmly believe in Christ, and it brings me joy.
6 You received the Lord Jesus Christ and now live with Him in unity.
7 Develop deep roots and grow in Christ. You know that thanksgiving strengthens your faith. Overflow with thanksgiving, and you will make your faith even stronger.
8 Brothers, do not get interested in philosophy and do not believe in nonsense. The traditions of people and rules which people make up in this world stand behind these things. Make sure that you live the way Christ teaches.
9 God came in the body of Christ and lives in Him in a full perfection.
10 And you live in Christ and have full perfection of God. Christ is at the head of all spiritual powers and authorities.
11 Gentiles, you belong to God, and you also went through circumcision. But it was God who circumcised you. It was Christ who circumcised you. But He did not touch your physical body. Christ circumcised your inner person. Christ removed your sinful nature.
12 God raised Christ from the dead by His power. And you believe in a powerful God. That is why you were baptized. And during baptism you went under the water and buried yourself together with Christ. Then you rose from the water and became alive together with Christ.
13 You used to sin, and your sins made you dead. You did not circumcise yourself, and you did not belong to God. But God forgave us all our sins and made us alive together with Christ.
14 The list of our sins accused us and made us debtors to God. But Christ nailed the list of our sins to the cross and removed it from our way to God.
15 Christ made the rulers and authorities powerless in the spiritual world. He publicly shamed them and triumphantly defeated them on the cross.
16 It does not matter what you eat and drink. No matter what Jewish festivals you celebrate. It doesn’t matter if you celebrate the beginning of new month, and if you keep the Sabbath. Let no one accuse you for that.
17 Jewish rituals were a shadow of what was to happen in the future. And this future already came. Christ came in a physical body. Now follow Christ, and not His shadow.
18 Some people show off their false humility. They claim that they saw angels, so they worship them. Their sinful thoughts make such people proud. Do not believe these people, they deceive you.
19 Christ is the head of His Body, but such people are not united with the Head. Christ holds the whole Body together. He connects it with joints and holds it together with various connections. God feeds the Body of Christ, and the Church grows.
20 So you died with Christ to the rules which people make up in this world. But why do you still obey these rules? You behave like the people of this world.
21 “Do not take it. Do not eat it. Do not touch it”.
22 People prohibit things and make rules, but over time these teachings die.
23 Such teachings may look wise. People show off their religious zeal. They live in false humility. And they make their bodies exhausted. But prohibitions and rules do not overcome the evil desires of a person.

Chapter 3

1 You are resurrected with Christ. Pay attention to the reality of heaven. Christ sits in heavens, and He is in a place of honor on the right hand of God.
2 Think of the spiritual things, and not the of earthly things.
3 Your sinful nature died. Now you live a new life with Christ. In God you found a safe shelter from this world.
4 Live with Christ. And when He comes to the earth then you will come with Him in His glory.
5 So make your sinful nature dead. Sexual immorality and evil desires, addictions and nasty lust must die. Greed leads a person to worship things like an idol. Kill your greed.
6 But people sin and become hostile to God. And God will be angry with them because of this.
7 You used to live like the other people and used to do the same sins.
8 But now you must leave the old way of life. Do not get angry and do not become furious. Do not take part in evil activities. Do not insult one another and do not say impure words.
9 Do not lie to one another. Take off the old sinful nature from your inner person. And do not go back to the works of your sinful nature.
10 Put on the new nature of God. God created man in His own image. So get to know God and renew your inner person. And you will become like the Creator.
11 Now it is not important if you are the Gentiles or Jews. There is no difference between a circumcised person and an uncircumcised person. It does not matter what language you speak or what nationality you are. It is not important if you are slaves or free. But now Christ united all of us in Himself.
12 God loves you. He chose you and made you holy. So put the new nature of God on your inner person. Show compassion and do good things. Do not rise above one another, be kind and patient.
13 Accept one another despite the weaknesses. Forgive if you have reasons to complain. Forgive one another as Christ forgave you.
14 But the most important is to dress your inner person with love. Love unites and brings perfection.
15 May God’s peace rule over your hearts. You became the members of one Body of Christ, and you must live in peace. Be friendly with one another.
16 Enrich yourselves with the Word of Christ, and the Word will live in you. Teach one another with all wisdom which comes from the Word of God. Encourage one another with psalms, hymns, and songs which the Spirit gives. Give thanks to the Lord and sing to Him in your hearts.
17 You represent the Lord Jesus Christ. So speak in His name and act as His representatives. Come through Christ to God the Father and thank Him.
18 Wives, obey your husbands. This is how should behave those who belong to the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not offend them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything. It brings joy to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not make conflicts with your children, otherwise your children will close themselves off from you.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything. Please them always, and not only when they are watching you. Treat God with deep reverence and serve your masters with a sincere heart.
23 Love what you do. Work diligently, as you would work for the Lord, and not for the people.
24 You should know that you serve Christ, and He is your Lord. The Lord will reward you, and you will receive an inheritance.
25 But if you do evil then evil will return to you. God treats all people with justice.

Chapter 4

1 Masters, be fair and just to your slaves. Remember that above you there is also one Lord who is in heaven.
2 Regularly dedicate your time for prayer. Pray with a thankful heart and do not get distracted during your prayer.
3 Pray also for us. Ask God, and He will open the doors for us. Pray, and we will preach the Word of God. We will tell others about the secret of Christ for which I am in chains.
4 I must explain the secret of Christ with words which people can understand. Pray about it.
5 Act wisely towards the unbelievers. Spend time with them in a meaningful way.
6 An unbeliever will receive answers to his questions if he understands what the grace of Christ is. Add grace to your words as you add salt to your food.
7 Our dear brother Tychicus faithfully serves and works for the Lord. And he will tell you everything about me.
8 I sent Tychicus to you. Tell him about your circumstances, and he will calm down your hearts.
9 Tychicus will come to you with brother Onesimus who is one of your own people. Our dear brother Onesimus faithfully serves the Lord. Tychicus and Onesimus will tell you about everything what is happening with us.
10 Aristarchus became a prisoner together with me, and he sends you greetings. Mark who is a nephew of Barnabas is greeting you. You must accept him if he comes to you.
11 Jesus who everyone calls Justus sends greetings to you. These are the only Jews who work with me for the Kingdom of God. And they bring me a great joy.
12 Epaphras is one of your own people. He is the servant of Jesus Christ, and he also greets you. He always prays hard for you. He asks God to make you mature. He prays that you would fully understand what God wants to do.
13 I assure you that Epaphras shows a great zeal. He works for you and for those who live in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14 Our dear doctor Luca and Dimas greet you.
15 Send greetings to the brothers who live in Laodicea. Greet Nympha and the church which gathers in her house.
16 Read this letter in your church, and then you must send it to the Laodicea church. I also wrote a letter to the Laodicean church which you must read in your church.
17 Pass my words to Archippus, “Be careful, fulfill the ministry which you received from the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, greet you and sign this letter with my own hand. Remember, I am in prison chains. Live in the grace of the Lord. Amen.