CLV(i) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, through the will of God, and brother Timothy, 2 to the saints and believing brethren in Christ in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." 3 We are thanking the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying concerning you, 4 on hearing of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints, 5 because of the expectation reserved for you in the heavens, which you hear before in the word of truth of the evangel, 6 which, being present with you, according as in the entire world also, is bearing fruit and growing, according as it is among you also, from the day on which you hear and realized the grace of God in truth, 7 according as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow slave, who is a faithful dispenser of Christ for us, 8 who makes evident also to us your love in spirit. 9 Therefore we also, from the day on which we hear, do not cease praying for you and requesting that you may be filled full with the realization of His will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 you to walk worthily of the Lord for all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the realization of God;" 11 being endued with all power, in accord with the might of His glory, for all endurance and patience with joy;" 12 at the same time giving thanks to the Father, Who makes you competent for a part of the allotment of the saints, in light, 13 Who rescues us out of the jurisdiction of Darkness, and transports us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in Whom we are having deliverance, the pardon of sins, 15 Who is the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature, 16 for in Him is all created, that in the heavens and that on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or sovereignties, or authorities, all is created through Him and for Him, 17 and He is before all, and all has its cohesion in Him." 18 And He is the Head of the body, the ecclesia, Who is Sovereign, Firstborn from among the dead, that in all He may be becoming first, 19 for in Him the entire complement delights to dwell, 20 and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens." 21 And you, being once estranged and enemies in comprehension, by wicked acts, yet now He reconciles" 22 by His body of flesh, through His death, to present you holy and flawless and unimpeachable in His sight, 23 since surely you are persisting in the faith, grounded and settled and are not being removed from the expectation of the evangel which you hear which is being heralded in the entire creation which is under heaven of which I, Paul, became the dispenser." 24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for you, and am filling up in my flesh, in His stead, the deficiencies of the afflictions of Christ, for His body, which is the ecclesia" 25 of which I became a dispenser, in accord with the administration of God, which is granted to me for you, to complete the word of God -" 26 the secret which has been concealed from the eons and from the generations, yet now was made manifest to His saints, 27 to whom God wills to make known what are the glorious riches of this secret among the nations, which is: Christ among you, the expectation of glory" 28 Whom we are announcing, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we should be presenting every man mature in Chist Jesus;" 29 for which I am toiling also, struggling in accord with His operation, which is operating in me with power."