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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.

O Livro

Colossenses 1:1-29

1Eu, Paulo, escolhido por Deus como apóstolo de Jesus Cristo, e o irmão Timóteo. 2Dirigimo-nos aos santos em Colossos, irmãos fiéis em Cristo, desejando-lhes a graça e a paz de Deus nosso Pai.

Ação de graças e oração

3Sempre que oramos por vocês, exprimimos a Deus, Pai de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, a nossa gratidão. 4Pois temos sabido da vossa fé em Cristo Jesus e do vosso amor cristão para com todos os irmãos crentes, 5por causa da esperança que vos está reservado no céu. Essa esperança brotou depois que ouviram a mensagem de verdade do evangelho. 6A qual tem sido espalhada por todo o mundo, dando frutos, tal como aconteceu no vosso meio, desde que ouviram e conheceram o verdadeiro significado da graça de Deus. 7É o que vos pregou Epafras, nosso querido colaborador e um fiel diácono de Cristo. 8Ele contou-nos todo o amor que o Espírito vos tem inspirado.

9E por isso mesmo, nós também, desde o dia em que ouvimos falar a vosso respeito, pela primeira vez, não temos cessado de orar por vocês e de pedir que tenham um conhecimento cada vez mais completo da vontade de Deus, através de uma clara compreensão e sabedoria das coisas espirituais. 10A fim de que a vossa conduta seja digna do Senhor, agradando-lhe em tudo, dando frutos, praticando toda a espécie de bons atos e crescendo no conhecimento de Deus. 11E sejam fortalecidos pelo seu poder glorioso, para poderem suportar tudo com paciência e alegria. 12E saibam agradecer ao Pai, que nos fez dignos de participar da herança que reserva aos crentes que vivem na sua luz. 13Porque foi Deus quem nos livrou do império das trevas e nos transferiu para o reino do seu Filho amado; 14o qual pagou para nós a redenção e o perdão dos pecados.

A glória de Cristo

15Cristo é a imagem do Deus invisível. Ele existe antes de Deus ter criado todas as coisas e é a fonte de toda a criação. 16Na verdade, foi através dele que Deus criou tudo o que há nos céus e sobre a Terra; tudo o que se vê e o que não se vê; até os governantes, as autoridades, os que têm o poder e a força. Tudo foi estabelecido por Cristo e para Cristo. 17Antes que tudo tivesse sido criado, já ele tinha existência e todo o universo se mantém graças a ele. 18Cristo é a cabeça da igreja que é o seu corpo, e é o princípio, a fonte entre os mortos e, consequentemente, o primeiro em tudo e sobre todas as coisas! 19Porque Deus em toda a sua plenitude decidiu estar presente em Cristo. 20E por ele Deus reconciliou todas as coisas consigo mesmo. Cristo estabeleceu a paz com tudo que existe na Terra e no céu, por meio do seu sangue na cruz.

21Portanto, também estão incluídos nesta obra de reconciliação, vocês que antes eram estranhos, que até eram seus inimigos nos vossos pensamentos e nas vossas obras más. 22Contudo, agora Deus tornou-vos seus amigos, através da morte de Cristo. E agora podem apresentar-se santos perante Deus, sem culpa, irrepreensíveis, 23na condição de permanecerem firmemente estabelecidos nos fundamentos da fé, sem se afastarem da esperança que o evangelho fez nascer em vocês, o qual vos tem sido pregado, assim como a toda a gente em todo o mundo, e do qual eu, Paulo, me tornei diácono.

O trabalho de Paulo pela igreja

24E esta é a minha alegria: que esteja a sofrer por vossa causa. Estou assim a cumprir os sofrimentos que Cristo me disse para assumir pela causa do seu corpo, que é a igreja. 25É esta igreja que sirvo, segundo o encargo que Deus colocou sobre mim, para proclamar a sua mensagem plena aos gentios. 26Essa mensagem era o plano que esteve oculto desde sempre, através dos séculos, e que foi agora revelado aos crentes. 27Aos quais quis dar a conhecer toda a riqueza e a glória deste mistério entre os gentios, que é Cristo ocupando todo o vosso ser, o que é já garantia total da vida eterna passada na glória de Deus, que é agora a nossa esperança.

28É pois Cristo que anunciamos, ensinando e aconselhando toda a gente, com toda a sabedoria, para que possamos trazer à presença de Deus todo o ser humano, tornado maduro em Cristo.

29Este é o meu trabalho e é também um combate que travo com a energia de Deus que atua em mim poderosamente.