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.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Kolose 1

1Paulu, aposteli Jesu Kristi nípa ìfẹ́ Ọlọ́run àti Timotiu arákùnrin wa.

Sí àwọn ẹni mímọ́ àti àwọn arákùnrin àti arábìnrin nínú Kristi tí wọ́n ń gbé ní ìlú Kolose.

Oore-ọ̀fẹ́ àti àlàáfíà fún un yín láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run Baba wa.

Àwọn ọpẹ́ àti àdúrà

Nígbàkúgbà tí a bá ń gbàdúrà fún un yín ni a máa ń dúpẹ́ lọ́wọ́ Ọlọ́run Baba Olúwa wa Jesu Kristi. Nítorí a ti gbúròó ìgbàgbọ́ yín nínú Jesu Kristi, àti bí ẹ ti ṣe fẹ́ràn gbogbo àwọn ènìyàn mímọ́. Ìgbàgbọ́ àti ìfẹ́ tí ń sàn nínú ìrètí tí a gbé pamọ́ fún un yín ní ọ̀run èyí tí ẹ̀yin sì ti gbọ́ tẹ́lẹ̀ nínú ọ̀rọ̀ òtítọ́ ìhìnrere náà, èyí tí ó ti dé ọ̀dọ̀ yín. Káàkiri àgbáyé ni ìhìnrere yìí ń so èso tí ó sì ń dàgbà, gẹ́gẹ́ bí ó ti ń ṣe láàrín yín láti ọjọ́ náà tí ẹ ti gbọ́ ọ, tí ẹ sì ní ìmọ̀ oore-ọ̀fẹ́ Ọlọ́run nínú gbogbo òtítọ́ rẹ̀. Ẹ̀yin ti kọ́ ọ lọ́dọ̀ Epafira, ìránṣẹ́ ẹlẹgbẹ́ wa olùfẹ́, ẹni tí ó jẹ́ olóòtítọ́ ìránṣẹ́ Kristi ní ipò wa. Ẹni ti ó sọ fún wa nípa ìfẹ́ yín nínú ẹ̀mí.

Nítorí ìdí èyí, láti ọjọ́ tí a ti gbọ́ nípa yín, a kò sinmi láti máa gbàdúrà fún yin, tí a sì ń gbàdúrà pé kí Ọlọ́run fi ìmọ̀ ìfẹ́ rẹ̀ kún yín nípasẹ̀ ọgbọ́n àti òye gbogbo tí ń ṣe ti Ẹ̀mí. 10 Àwa sì ń gbàdúrà yìí kí ẹ lè gbé irú ìgbé ayé tó yẹ fún Olúwa kí ẹ sì máa wu ú ní gbogbo ọ̀nà, kí ẹ sì máa so èso rere gbogbo, kí ẹ sì máa dàgbà nínú ìmọ̀ Ọlọ́run, 11 pé kí a lè fi ipa gbogbo sọ yín di alágbára gẹ́gẹ́ bí agbára rẹ̀ àti ògo rẹ̀, kí ó lè ṣe é ṣe fún un yín láti máa tẹ̀síwájú nínú sùúrù àti ìpamọ́ra pẹ̀lú ayọ̀. 12 Kí a máa dúpẹ́ nígbà gbogbo lọ́wọ́ Baba, ẹni tí ó kà yín láti jẹ́ alábápín nínú ogún àwọn ẹni mímọ́ nínú ìjọba ìmọ́lẹ̀. 13 Nítorí tí ó ti já wa gbà kúrò nínú agbára òkùnkùn ó sì mú wa wá sí ìjọba Ọmọ tí ó fẹ́ràn. 14 Nínú ẹni tí a ní ìràpadà, àti ìdáríjì ẹ̀ṣẹ̀.

Títóbi Kristi

15 Kristi ni àwòrán Ọlọ́run tí a kò le rí, àkọ́bí gbogbo ẹ̀dá. 16 Nítorí nípa rẹ̀ ní a dá ohun gbogbo: àwọn ohun tí ń bẹ ní ọ̀run àti ní ayé, ohun tí a rí àti èyí tí a kò rí, wọn ìbá ṣe ìtẹ́, tàbí agbára, tàbí àṣẹ, nípasẹ̀ rẹ̀ ni a dá ohun gbogbo àti fún un. 17 Ó ti wà ṣáájú kí ohunkóhun tó wà, nínú rẹ̀ ni a sì so ohun gbogbo papọ̀ ṣọ̀kan. 18 Òun ni orí fún ara, èyí tí í ṣe ìjọ; òun ni ìbẹ̀rẹ̀ àti àkọ́bí nínú àwọn òkú, pé nínú ohun gbogbo kí òun lè ní ipò tí ó ga jùlọ nínú ohunkóhun. 19 Nítorí ìfẹ́ Ọlọ́run ni pé kí gbogbo ẹ̀kúnrẹ́rẹ́ òun tìkára rẹ̀ lè máa gbé nínú rẹ̀. 20 Àti nípasẹ̀ rẹ̀ láti bá ohun gbogbo làjà àwọn nǹkan tí ń bẹ láyé àti èyí tí ń bẹ ní ọ̀run, nípa mímú àlàáfíà wá nípasẹ̀ ẹ̀jẹ̀ rẹ̀, tí a ta sílẹ̀ lórí igi àgbélébùú.

21 Ẹ̀yin ya ara yín nípá kúrò lọ́dọ̀ Ọlọ́run nígbà kan rí, ẹ jẹ́ ọ̀tá nínú ọkàn yín nítorí ìwà búburú yín. 22 Ṣùgbọ́n nísinsin yìí, ó ti bá yín làjà nípa ara Kristi nípa ikú láti mú un yín lọ sí iwájú rẹ̀ ní mímọ́, aláìlábàwọ́n àti kúrò nínú ìdálẹ́bi, 23 bí ẹ̀yin bá dúró nínú ìgbàgbọ́ yín, tí ẹ fi ẹsẹ̀ múlẹ̀, tí ẹ sì dúró ṣinṣin, láláìyẹsẹ̀ kúrò nínú ìrètí ti ìhìnrere ti ẹ̀yin ti gbọ́, èyí tí a ti wàásù rẹ̀ fún gbogbo ẹ̀dá lábẹ́ ọ̀run, àti èyí ti èmi Paulu ṣe ìránṣẹ́ fún.

Iṣẹ́ Paulu ṣíṣe fún àwọn ìjọ

24 Nísinsin yìí èmi ń yọ̀ nínú ìjìyà fún un yín. Inú mi sì dùn, nítorí mo ń ṣe ìrànlọ́wọ́ láti jẹ ìyà tó ṣẹ́kù nínú ìyà Kristi fún ara rẹ̀, èyí tí ì ṣe ìjọ. 25 Nínú èyí tí a fi ṣe ìránṣẹ́ fún gẹ́gẹ́ bí iṣẹ́ ìríjú Ọlọ́run tí a fi fún mi fún yín láti mú ọ̀rọ̀ Ọlọ́run ṣẹ. 26 Ó ti pa àṣírí ìjìnlẹ̀ yìí mọ́ fún ayérayé àti láti ìrandíran. Ṣùgbọ́n nísinsin yìí, gẹ́gẹ́ bí ìfẹ́ ọkàn rẹ̀, ó ti fihàn fún àwọn ẹni mímọ́. 27 Àwọn ẹni tí Ọlọ́run yàn láti fihàn láàrín àwọn aláìkọlà nípa ọ̀rọ̀ ògo ohun ìjìnlẹ̀ yìí, èyí tí í ṣe Kristi ìrètí ògo nínú yín.

28 Àwa ń wàásù rẹ̀, a ń gbani níyànjú a sì ń kọ olúkúlùkù ènìyàn ní ọgbọ́n gbogbo, kí a lè mú olúkúlùkù dé ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run ní pípé nínú Kristi. 29 Sí èyí sì ni èmi ń ṣe làálàá, ti mo sì ń làkàkà pẹ̀lú gbogbo agbára rẹ̀, èyí tó ń ṣiṣẹ́ nínú mi.