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.

Nkwa Asem

Kolosefo 1

Nkyia

1Saa krataa yi fi Paulo a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so nti, ɔyɛ Kristo somafo no ne yɛn nua Timoteo nkyɛn.

De kɔma ahotefo a wɔwɔ Kolose a wɔyɛ Kristo mu gyidifo no: Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn nka mo.

Aseda ne mpaebɔ

Bere biara a yɛbɔ mpae ma mo no, yɛda Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Efisɛ, yɛate mo gyidi a mowɔ wɔ Kristo Yesu mu ne dɔ a modɔ ahotefo no. Da a edi kan a motee Asɛmpa no, munyaa mu anidaso a ɛwɔ hɔ ma mo. Enti mo gyidi ne mo dɔ a mowɔ no gyina mo anidaso a mowɔ a wɔakora no wɔ ɔsoro ama mo no so. Efi da a edi kan a motee Onyankopɔn adom na muhuu sɛnea ɛte no, Asɛmpa no de nhyira abrɛ wiase mmaa nyinaa, na trɛw ara na ɛretrɛw sɛnea muhu no wɔ mo mu no.

Ɛnam Epafra a ɔyɛ yɛn nua somfo a ɔde gyidi yɛ Kristo adwuma ma yɛn no so na muhuu eyi. Ɔkaa ɔdɔ a Honhom no de ama mo no kyerɛɛ yɛn.

Esiane saa nti, efi bere a yɛtee mo nka no, yɛbɔ mpae ma mo daa. Yebisa Onyankopɔn sɛ omfi ne pɛ mu mma mo nyansa ne ntease a ne Honhom de ma no. 10 Ɛba saa a na mubetumi atena ase sɛnea Awurade hwehwɛ na bere biara nso, mobɛyɛ nea ɛsɔ n’ani. Dwuma biara a mubedi no, ɛbɛsow aba pa na mubenyin wɔ Onyankopɔn ho nimdeɛ mu.

11 Yɛrebɔ mpae nso sɛ ne tumi ne n’ahoɔden bɛhyɛ mo ma sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔkwan biara so, mode Awurade mu ahosɛpɛw ne boasetɔ begyina biribiara ano. 12 Momfa ahosɛpɛw nna Agya no a ɛnam ne so nti, moanya nea Onyankopɔn akora so ama n’ahotefo a wɔwɔ ne hann no mu no bi no ase. 13 Ogyee yɛn fii sum tumi ase de yɛn baa ne dɔ Ba no ahenni mu dwoodwoo, 14 na ne nti na wɔama yɛade yɛn ho na wɔde yɛn bɔne akyɛ yɛn.

15 Kristo yɛ Onyankopɔn a wonhu no no sɛso. Ɔno ne Abakan a odi abɔde nyinaa so. 16 Efisɛ, ɛnam ne so na Onyankopɔn bɔɔ biribiara a ɛwɔ soro ne asase so, nea wohu ne nea wonhu, honhom mu atumfo, awuranom ne ahemfo. Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ wiase nyinaa na ɔbɔ maa no nso. 17 Na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔrebɔ biribiara na ne mu na biribiara nya n’afa pɛpɛɛpɛ. 18 Asafo no yɛ ne nipadua; na ɔno na ɔyɛ asafo no ti. Ɔno na nipadua no nkwa fi no. Ɔno ne Abakan a wonyanee no fii awufo mu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔno nko ara bedi ade nyinaa mu kan. 19 Efi Onyankopɔn no ankasa pɛ mu na Ɔba no anya Onyankopɔn su nyinaa wɔ ne mu. 20 Ɛnam ne Ba no so na Onyankopɔn fi ne pɛ mu de wiase nyinaa san bɛhyɛɛ ɔno ankasa ase. Onyankopɔn nam ne Ba no wu a owui asɛnnua so no de asomdwoe bae, enti ɔde nneɛma a ɛwɔ asase so ne ɔsoro nyinaa ahyɛ n’ase.

21  Bere bi a atwam no, esiane sɛ na moyɛ bɔne na modwene bɔne ho nti, na mo ne Onyankopɔn ntam kwan ware a na moyɛ n’atamfo nso. 22 Nanso ɛnam ne Ba no wu so nti, Onyankopɔn afa mo nnamfo sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ kronn a bɔne biara nni mo ho wɔ n’anim. 23 Ɛsɛ sɛ mokɔ so ma mo gyidi mu yɛ den a momma ho kwan mma mo anidaso a munyaa no da a edi kan a motee Asɛmpa no nhinhim. Saa Asɛmpa a wɔka kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa yi nti, na me, Paulo, mebɛyɛɛ ɔsomfo no.

Paulo brɛ asafo no ho

24 Ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ merebrɛ mo ho. Menam me honam mu amane a merehu so boa nea aka wɔ Kristo amanehunu a ohui wɔ ne honam mu a egyina hɔ ma asafo no no.

25 Onyankopɔn a mo yiye di nti, ɔde saa dwuma yi hyɛɛ me nsa no ayɛ me asafo no somfo. Dwumadi no yɛ n’asɛm no ka, 26 a ɛyɛ ahintasɛm a mfe bebree a atwam no, ɔde hintaw adasamma nanso afei de, wada no adi akyerɛ n’ahotefo. 27 Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe ne sɛ, ɔbɛda n’ahintasɛm a anuonyam wɔ mu no adi akyerɛ n’ahotefo. Ahintasɛm no ne sɛ: Kristo te mo mu; n’asekyerɛ ne sɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam no ka mo.

28 Ɛno nti, yɛka Kristo ho asɛm kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa. Yɛnam adwene pa so bɔ obiara kɔkɔ kyerɛkyerɛ no sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obiara a yɛde no bɛhyɛ Onyankopɔn nsa no, na ɔyɛ onipa a n’adwene mu abue na ɔne Kristo nso ayɛ baako. 29 Ansa na metumi adi saa dwuma no, na efi tumi a Kristo nam n’ahoɔden so de ama me no.