Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Akolose 1

1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwachifuniro cha Mulungu, ndi Timoteyo mʼbale wathu.

Kulembera abale oyera mtima ndi okhulupirira a ku Kolose mwa Khristu.

Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu.

Kuyamika ndi Pemphero

Timayamika Mulungu Atate wa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, nthawi zonse pamene tikukupemphererani. Timayamika chifukwa tinamva za chikhulupiriro chanu mwa Khristu Yesu ndi za chikondi chanu pa oyera mtima onse. Chikhulupiriro ndi chikondi, gwero lake ndi chiyembekezo chomwe muli nacho chodzalandira zimene anakusungirani kumwamba. Munamva kale za zimenezi kudzera mʼmawu a choonadi, Uthenga Wabwino umene unafika kwa inu. Pa dziko lonse lapansi Uthenga Wabwino ukubereka chipatso ndi kukula monga momwe zakhala zikuchitikira pakati panu kuyambira tsiku limene munawumva ndi kuzindikira chisomo cha Mulungu mu choonadi chonse. Inu munaphunzira zimenezi kuchokera kwa Epafra, mtumiki mnzathu wokondedwa, amene ndi mtumiki wokhulupirika wa Khristu mʼmalo mwathu. Iye anatiwuza za chikondi chanu chimene Mzimu anakupatsani.

Chifukwa cha ichi, kuyambira tsiku limene tinamva za inu, sitinasiye kukupemphererani ndi kumupempha Mulungu kuti akudzazeni ndi chidziwitso cha chifuniro chake kudzera mu nzeru yonse yauzimu ndi kumvetsetsa. 10 Ndipo tikupempherera zimenezi ndi cholinga chakuti inu mukhale moyo oyenera Ambuye ndi kumukondweretsa mʼnjira zonse. Kubereka chipatso pa ntchito iliyonse yabwino, ndi kukula mʼchidziwitso cha Mulungu. 11 Timapempheranso kuti Mulungu akulimbikitseni ndi mphamvu yake yonse ya ulemerero wake, kuti muzipirira zonse ndi mitima yofatsa ndi ya chimwemwe 12 ndi kuyamika Atate nthawi zonse, amene wakuyenerezani kuti mulandire nawo chuma cha oyera mtima mu ufumu wa kuwunika. 13 Pakuti Iye anatipulumutsa ku ulamuliro wa mdima ndi kutibweretsa mu ufumu wa Mwana wake wokondedwa. 14 Mwa Iyeyu ife tinawomboledwa ndi kukhululukidwa machimo.

Kupambana Koposa kwa Khristu

15 Mwanayu ndiye chithunzi cha Mulungu wosaonekayo. Iye ndiye Mwana wake woyamba kubadwa ndi wolamulira zolengedwa zonse. 16 Pakuti zinthu zonse zinalengedwa kudzera mwa Iye. Zinthu zakumwamba ndi za pa dziko lapansi, zooneka ndi zosaoneka, maufumu, akuluakulu, aulamuliro ndi amphamvu. Zinthu zonse zinalengedwa kudzera mwa Iye ndipo anazilengera Iyeyo. 17 Iyeyo analipo zinthu zonse zisanalengedwe ndipo zinthu zonse zimamangika pamodzi mwa Iye. 18 Iye ndiyenso mutu wa thupi, limene ndi mpingo. Iye ndiye chiyambi chake, woyamba kuuka kwa akufa, kuti Iyeyo akhale wopambana zonse. 19 Pakuti kunamukomera Mulungu kuti umulungu wake wonse ukhalemo mwa Khristu. 20 Ndipo kudzera mwa Iye Mulungu ayanjanitsenso zinthu zonse ndi Iye mwini, zinthu za pa dziko lapansi, kapena zinthu za kumwamba. Iye anachita mtendere kudzera mʼmagazi ake, wokhetsedwa pa mtanda.

21 Kale inu munali kutali ndi Mulungu ndipo munali adani a Mulungu mʼmaganizo mwanu chifukwa cha khalidwe lanu loyipa. 22 Koma tsopano Iye anakuyanjanitsani mʼthupi la Khristu kudzera mu imfa kuti akuperekeni pamaso pake oyera, opanda banga ndi opanda chotsutsidwa nacho 23 ngati mupitirirabe kukhala mʼchikhulupiriro chanu, okhazikika ndi olimba, osasunthidwa kuchoka pa chiyembekezo chimene munachigwira mu Uthenga Wabwino. Uwu ndi Uthenga Wabwino umene munawumva, umene wakhala ukulalikidwa kwa olengedwa onse a pansi pa thambo, ndi umenenso, ine Paulo ndinakhala mtumiki wake.

Utumiki wa Paulo ku Mpingo

24 Tsopano ine ndikukondwa kuti ndinavutika chifukwa cha inu, ndipo ndikukwaniritsa mʼthupi langa zimene zikuperewera pa masautso a Khristu, chifukwa cha thupi lake, limene ndi Mpingo. 25 Ine ndakhala mtumiki wake mwa lamulo limene Mulungu anandipatsa kuti ndipereke Mawu a Mulungu athunthu, 26 chinsinsi chimene chakhala chikubisika kwa nthawi ndi mibado, koma tsopano chawululidwa kwa oyera mtima. 27 Kwa iwo amene Mulungu anawasankha kuti awadziwitse pakati pa a mitundu ina, ulemerero wa chuma cha chinsinsi ichi, amene ndi Khristu mwa inu, chiyembekezo cha ulemerero.

28 Ife tikulalikira Khristu, kulangiza ndi kuphunzitsa aliyense mwa nzeru zonse kuti timupereke aliyense wangwiro mwa Khristu. 29 Ndi cholinga chimenechi, ine ndikugwira ntchito molimbika ndi mwamphamvu zonse zimene Iye anachita mwa ine.

The Message

Colossians 1

11-2 I, Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God’s master plan. Together with my friend Timothy, I greet the Christians and stalwart followers of Christ who live in Colosse. May everything good from God our Father be yours!

Working in His Orchard

3-5 Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.

5-8 The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more. It’s as vigorous in you now as when you learned it from our friend and close associate Epaphras. He is one reliable worker for Christ! I could always depend on him. He’s the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit.

9-12 Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

13-14 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.

Christ Holds It All Together

15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.

24-25 I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.

26-29 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.