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.

Nádej pre kazdého

List Kolosanom 1

1 Milí bratia,

pozdravujem vás v mene Ježiša Krista, ktorého z Božej vôle zvestujem.

Spolu s Timotejom želáme vám, verným kresťanom v Kolosách, milosť a pokoj od Boha, nášho Otca, a od Pána Ježiša Krista.

Kedykoľvek na vás spolu s Timotejom myslíme vo svojich modlitbách, zakaždým ďakujeme Bohu, Otcovi nášho Pána Ježiša Krista.

Počuli sme o vašej pevnej viere aj o vašej láske k všetkým bratom.

Právom sa tešíte na nebeskú odmenu od tej chvíle, ako ste o nej prvý raz počuli.

To radostné posolstvo sa šíri po celom svete a všade mení životy ľudí takisto ako u vás, keď ste ho po prvý raz počuli a poznali Božiu milosť v pravde.

Túto radostnú zvesť vám priniesol Epafras, náš milovaný spolupracovník. Vieme, že bol vaším verným a dobrým učiteľom.

Od neho sme sa dozvedeli, ako vo vás Boží Duch prebúdza pravú kresťanskú lásku.

Od tých čias sa za vás neprestávame modliť, aby ste boli naplnení poznaním Božej vôle a aby vás Boh vyzbrojil všestrannou duchovnou múdrosťou.

10 Tak bude váš život plný ušľachtilých činov, budete robiť Bohu česť a budete ho poznávať čoraz hlbšie.

11 Prosíme ho, aby vás naplnil svojou mocou a silou prekonávať všetky skúšky

12 a aby vás ani v nich neopustila radostná vďačnosť, že smiete mať podiel na dedičstve tých, ktorí žijú v kráľovstve svetla.

13 Veď on nás vytrhol z tmavej ríše satanovej a uviedol do kráľovstva svojho milovaného Syna,

14 ktorý svojou krvou zaplatil za našu slobodu a odpustil nám všetky viny.

Chválospev Kristovi

15 Kristus je obrazom neviditeľného Boha. Jestvoval skôr, ako Boh čokoľvek stvoril.

16 Len vďaka nemu a skrze neho bolo stvorené všetko hmotné aj duchovné, svet viditeľný aj neviditeľný, ríša pozemská aj nadpozemská, všetky sily a mocnosti. Všetko je stvorené prostredníctvom neho a pre neho.

17 V ňom má všetko svoj počiatok i trvanie.

18 On je hlavou cirkvi, ktorá je jeho telom. On je počiatkom všetkého a je aj prvý, kto zvíťazil nad smrťou.

19 Lebo Boh chcel, aby všetka jeho plnosť bola aj v jeho Synovi.

20 Všetko na nebi aj na zemi našlo v Kristovi zmierenie s Bohom. Kristus vylial na kríži svoju krv, a tým nám získal pokoj s Bohom.

21 Aj vy ste boli kedysi vzdialení od Boha a pre svoje zlé myšlienky a činy ste boli jeho nepriateľmi.

22 Ale teraz vás Kristus svojou smrťou zmieril s Bohom, takže môžete pred ním stáť čistí a bezúhonní.

23 Pravda, musíte bezvýhradne veriť a neuchyľovať sa od pravdy, že Kristus za vás zomrel, a nesmiete stratiť istotu, že vás tým zachránil. To je obsah radostného posolstva, ktoré šírim po svete.

Boh zjavuje svoje tajomstvo

Z Božieho poverenia túto radostnú zvesť hlásam aj vám.24 Teraz síce za to trpím vo väzení, ale radujem sa z toho, lebo môžem mať takto podiel na utrpení, ktoré Kristus podstúpil za svoje telo, za cirkev.

25 Lebo ja som jej služobníkom. Boh ma poveril, aby som vám oznámil jeho slovo vo všetkej plnosti

26 a zvestoval vám tajomstvo, ktoré bolo od vekov skryté pred ľuďmi, ale teraz toto tajomstvo zjavil Boh tým,

27 ktorí ho milujú a preňho žijú. A toto slávne tajomstvo platí aj pre vás a znie: Kristus je vo vás, v ňom máte nádej na Božiu slávu.

28 Tohto Krista aj vám zvestujeme. So všetkou duchovnou múdrosťou, ktorou nás Boh obdaril, napomíname ľudí a vzdelávame ich vo viere, aby každý v spojení s Kristom mohol dospieť k dokonalosti.

29 O to sa usilujem a bojujem. Silu k tomu mi dáva Kristus, ktorý vo mne pôsobí.