Knijga O Kristu

Kološanima 1:1-29

1Ovo je pismo od Pavla, kojega je Bog odabrao da bude apostol Isusa Krista, i od našega brata Timoteja.

2Kološanima, svetoj i vjernoj braći i sestrama u Isusu Kristu.

Neka vam naš Bog Otac udijeli milost i mir.

Pavlova zahvala i molitva

3Uvijek se molimo za vas i zahvaljujemo za vas Bogu Ocu našega Gospodina Isusa Krista 4jer smo čuli za vašu snažnu vjeru u Isusa Krista i za vašu ljubav koju iskazujete prema svetima posvuda. 5Razlog vaše vjere je nada što vas čeka u nebesima. O toj ste nadi prvi put čuli kad ste čuli istinu Radosne vijesti. 6Ista ta Radosna vijest koja je došla k vama proširila se cijelim svijetom. Posvuda mijenja ljudske živote, baš kao što je promijenila i vas prvoga dana kad ste ju čuli i kad ste shvatili istinu o Božjoj milosti prema grešnicima.

7Vi ste za nju čuli od Epafre, našega voljenog suradnika. On nas zastupa vjerno služeći Kristu. 8On nam je i rekao za vašu ljubav prema drugima, koju vam daje Sveti Duh.

9Zato se mi od dana kad smo to čuli neprestano molimo za vas, tražeći da vas Bog ispuni mudrošću i duhovnom spoznajom kako biste mogli razabrati njegovu volju, 10živjeti dostojno Gospodina i ugoditi mu, roditi svakom vrstom dobrih djela te rasti u spoznaji Boga.

11Molimo se da vas Bog ojača svojom slavnom silom da možete biti postojani i strpljivi. Da radosno 12možete zahvaljivati Ocu koji nas je osposobio da budemo subaštinicima svetoga Božjeg naroda koji živi u svjetlu. 13Izbavio nas je od vlasti tame i prenio u Kraljevstvo svojega ljubljenog Sina. 14Njegovom krvlju Bog je otkupio našu slobodu i oprostio nam grijehe.

Kristovo prvenstvo

15Krist je vidljiva slika nevidljivoga Boga, prvorođenac iznad svih stvorenja. 16U Kristu je stvoreno sve na nebesima i na zemlji: vidljivo i nevidljivo, kraljevi i kraljevstva, vladari i vlasti. Sve je stvoreno po njemu i za njega. 17Postojao je prije svega drugoga i održava sve što postoji.

18On je glava Crkve, koja je njegovo Tijelo. On je prvi od svih ustao od mrtvih, da u svemu bude prvi. 19Jer se Bogu svidjelo u njemu prebivati svom puninom 20i kroz njega—njegovom krvlju prolivenom na križu—pomiriti sa sobom sve na zemlji i na nebesima. 21To se odnosi i na vas koji ste nekada bili daleko od njega i bili mu neprijatelji mišlju i djelima. 22Ali on vas je ponovno izmirio sa sobom kroz smrt Kristova ljudskog tijela na križu. Priveo vas je u svoju nazočnost svete, neporočne i besprijekorne. 23Ali morate čvrsto i postojano ustrajati u vjeri. Ne dajte se pokolebati u nadi Radosne vijesti koju ste čuli. Ona se propovijeda diljem svijeta, a mene, Pavla, Bog je postavio da joj služim.

Pavlovo služenje Crkvi

24Sada se radujem što dovršavam patnje za koje mi je Krist rekao da ću ih proći za dobro Crkve, njegova tijela. 25Bog mi je dao osobitu službu da vam naviještam njegovu poruku u svoj punini. 26Ta je tajna bila skrivena vjekovima i naraštajima, ali sada ju je Bog očitovao njegovim svetima. 27Jer Bogu se svidjelo da svojemu narodu objavi kako su bogatstvo i slava Kristova namijenjeni i vama poganima. Jer u ovome je tajna: Krist živi u vama i vaša je nada da ćete biti dionicima njegove slave.

28Svima naviještamo Krista. Opominjemo i poučavamo ljude, s mudrošću koju nam je Bog dao, da svakoga učinimo zrelim u Kristu. 29Da to postignem, trudim se i borim u njegovoj snazi, koja tako silno djeluje u meni.

King James Version

Colossians 1:1-29

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.