Colossians 1:1-14 (NRSV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and
Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints
and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to
you and peace from God our Father.
3 In our prayers
for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 for we have
heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have
for all the saints,
5 because of the
hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before
in the word of the truth, the gospel
6 that has come
to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world,
so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard
it and truly comprehended the grace of God.
7 This you learned
from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister
of Christ on your behalf,
8 and he has made
known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason,
since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s
will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 so that you
may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you
bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of
11 May you be
made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power,
and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while
12 giving thanks
to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of
the saints in the light.
13 He has rescued
us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom
of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.