Amplified Bible

Colossians 1

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the [a]saints and faithful [b]believers in Christ [who are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father.

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we pray always for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [how you lean on Him with absolute confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness], and of the [unselfish] [c]love which you have for all the saints (God’s people); because of the [confident] hope [of experiencing that] which is reserved and waiting for you in heaven. You previously heard of this hope in the message of truth, the gospel [regarding salvation] which has come to you. Indeed, just as in the whole world the gospel is constantly bearing fruit and spreading [by God’s power], just as it has been doing among you ever since the day you first heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth [becoming thoroughly and deeply acquainted with it]. You learned it from [our representative] Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf and he also has told us of your love [well-grounded and nurtured] in the [Holy] Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things], 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts]; 11 [we pray that you may be] strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints (God’s people) in the Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].

15 He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation. 16 For [d]by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. 17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] 18 He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the [e]church; and He is the beginning, [f]the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. 19 For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), 20 and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven.

21 And although you were at one time estranged and alienated and hostile-minded [toward Him], participating in evil things, 22 yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His [g]physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 [and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed [h]in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel] I, Paul, was made a minister.

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf. And with my own body I [i]supplement whatever is lacking [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, which is the church. 25 In this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship which God entrusted to me for your sake, so that I might make the word of God fully known [among you]— 26 that is, [j]the mystery which was hidden [from angels and mankind] for ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His saints (God’s people). 27 God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory. 28 We proclaim Him, warning and instructing everyone in all wisdom [that is, with comprehensive insight into the word and purposes of God], so that we may present every person complete in Christ [mature, fully trained, and perfect in Him—the Anointed]. 29 For this I labor [often to the point of exhaustion], striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me.

Notas al pie

  1. Colossians 1:2 Every born-again believer (saint) has been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, made holy and set apart for God’s purpose.
  2. Colossians 1:2 Lit brethren.
  3. Colossians 1:4 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
  4. Colossians 1:16 Or in.
  5. Colossians 1:18 This refers to the entire body of born-again believers (whether past, present, or future), not a local congregation.
  6. Colossians 1:18 Christ is the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible, immortal body. Others who were raised had to die again.
  7. Colossians 1:22 Lit body of flesh.
  8. Colossians 1:23 Paul may be referring to the fact that the created world displays proof of the existence of an omnipotent, benevolent God (cf Rom 1:20), without whom there would be no possibility of salvation. Such a God is the foundation of the “good news.”
  9. Colossians 1:24 I.e. since the church is Christ’s body, figuratively speaking, whatever the church suffers can be considered additional sufferings by Christ Himself, and all such suffering was ordained and destined by God; what is left to suffer in God’s plan is what is “lacking of Christ’s afflictions.” Paul, as a member of the church, was destined to suffer through persecution etc., thereby taking his share of the church body’s divinely-ordained suffering.
  10. Colossians 1:26 I.e. that believing Gentiles would be united with believing Jews into one body of believers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

歌罗西书 1

1我是奉上帝旨意做基督耶稣使徒的保罗, 和提摩太弟兄写信给歌罗西的圣徒,就是忠于基督的弟兄姊妹。

愿我们的父上帝赐给你们恩典和平安!

感恩与祷告

3-4 我们听说了你们对基督耶稣的信心和对众圣徒的爱心,为你们祷告的时候,常常感谢我们主耶稣基督的父上帝。 你们能有这样的信心和爱心是因为那给你们存在天上的盼望,就是你们从前从福音真道中听到的盼望。 这福音不但传到了你们那里,也传到了世界各地,并且开花结果,信主的人数不断增长,正如你们当初听了福音,因为明白真理而认识上帝的恩典后的情形。 这福音是你们从我们亲爱的同工以巴弗那里得知的。他代表我们[a]做基督的忠仆, 并把圣灵赐给你们的爱心告诉了我们。

因此,从听到你们的消息那天起,我们便不断地为你们祷告,求上帝使你们在一切属灵的智慧和悟性上完全明白祂的旨意, 10 以便你们行事为人对得起主,凡事蒙祂喜悦,在一切良善的事上结出果实,对上帝的认识不断增加。 11 愿上帝以祂荣耀的权能使你们刚强,无论遇到什么事都能长久忍耐, 12 欢喜地感谢天父,因祂使你们有资格跟众圣徒在光明中同享基业。 13 祂把我们从黑暗的权势下拯救出来,带进祂爱子的国度里。 14 我们借着祂的爱子蒙救赎,罪过得到赦免。

基督超越一切

15 基督是那不能看见之上帝的真像,超越[b]一切受造之物。 16 因为万物都是借着祂创造的,天上的、地上的、有形的、无形的、做王的、统治的、执政的、掌权的,一切都是借着祂也是为了祂而创造的。 17 祂存在于万物之前,万物都靠祂而维系。 18 祂是教会的头,教会是祂的身体;祂是源头,是首先从死里复活的,这样祂可以在一切事上居首位。 19 因为上帝乐意让一切的丰盛住在祂里面, 20 又借着祂在十字架上所流的血成就了和平,使天地万物借着祂与上帝和好。

21 你们从前与上帝隔绝,行事邪恶,心思意念与祂为敌; 22 但现在上帝借着基督肉身的死使你们与祂和好了,让你们在祂面前成为圣洁无瑕、无可指责的人。 23 只是你们必须恒心持守所信的道,根基稳固,坚定不移,不要失去你们听到福音后所得到的盼望。这福音传给了天下万民。我保罗也做了这福音的使者。

保罗为教会受苦

24 现在我因能够为你们受苦而欢喜,并且我是为基督的身体——教会的缘故,在自己身上补满基督未受的苦难。 25 我受上帝的委派成为教会的仆人,要把上帝的道完整地传给你们。 26 这道是历世历代一直隐藏的奥秘,现在已经向祂的众圣徒显明了。 27 上帝要他们知道这奥秘在外族人中有何等丰富的荣耀,这奥秘就是基督在你们里面,使你们有荣耀的盼望。 28 我们传扬基督,用各样的智慧劝诫、教导众人,使他们在基督里长大成熟,好把他们带到上帝面前。 29 为此,我按着祂在我身上运行的大能尽心竭力,不辞劳苦。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:7 我们”有古卷作“你们”。
  2. 1:15 超越”或译“先存于”,希腊文是“长子”,常用来指地位上的优越或时间上的优先。