1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.
2We are sending this letter to you, our brothers and sisters in Colossae. You belong to Christ. You are holy and faithful.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
Paul Prays and Gives Thanks
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4We thank him because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus. We have also heard that you love all God’s people. 5Your faith and love are based on the hope you have. What you hope for is stored up for you in heaven. You have already heard about it. You were told about it when the true message was given to you. I’m talking about the good news 6that has come to you. In the same way, the good news is bearing fruit. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world. It has been doing that among you since the day you heard it. That is when you really understood God’s grace. 7You learned the good news from Epaphras. He is dear to us. He serves Christ together with us. He faithfully works for Christ and for us among you. 8He also told us about your love that comes from the Holy Spirit.
9That’s why we have not stopped praying for you. We have been praying for you since the day we heard about you. We keep asking God to fill you with the knowledge of what he wants. We pray he will give you the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. 10Then you will be able to lead a life that is worthy of the Lord. We pray that you will please him in every way. So we want you to bear fruit in every good thing you do. We pray that you will grow to know God better. 11We want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power. We want you to be patient. We pray that you will never give up. 12We want you to give thanks with joy to the Father. He has made you fit to have what he will give to all his holy people. You will all receive a share in the kingdom of light. 13He has saved us from the kingdom of darkness. He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven.
The Son of God Is Better Than Everything Else
15The Son is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. The Son is first, and he is over all creation. 16All things were created in him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. All things have been created by him and for him. 17Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead. That happened so that he would be far above everything. 19God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20God was pleased to bring all things back to himself. That’s because of what Christ has done. These things include everything on earth and in heaven. God made peace through Christ’s blood, by his death on the cross.
21At one time you were separated from God. You were enemies in your minds because of your evil ways. 22But because Christ died, God has brought you back to himself. Christ’s death has made you holy in God’s sight. So now you don’t have any flaw. You are free from blame. 23But you must keep your faith steady and firm. You must not move away from the hope the good news holds out to you. This is the good news that you heard. It has been preached to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, now serve the good news.
Paul’s Work for the Church
24I am happy because of what I am suffering for you. My suffering joins with and continues the sufferings of Christ. I suffer for his body, which is the church. 25I serve the church. God appointed me to bring the complete word of God to you. 26That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to the Lord’s people. 27God has chosen to make known to them the glorious riches of that mystery. He has made it known among the Gentiles. And here is what it is. Christ is in you. He is your hope of glory.
28Christ is the one we preach about. With all the wisdom we have, we warn and teach everyone. When we bring them to God, we want them to be like Christ. We want them to be grown up as people who belong to Christ. 29That’s what I’m working for. I work hard with all the strength of Christ. His strength works powerfully in me.
1Saa krataa yi fi Paulo a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so nti, ɔyɛ Kristo somafo no ne yɛn nua Timoteo nkyɛn,
2De rekɔma ahotefo a wɔwɔ Kolose a wɔyɛ Kristo mu agyidifo no:
Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn nka mo.
Aseda Ne Mpaebɔ
3Bere biara a yɛbɔ mpae ma mo no, yɛda Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. 4Efisɛ yɛate mo gyidi a mowɔ wɔ Kristo Yesu mu, ne dɔ a modɔ ahotefo no. 5Da a edi kan a motee Asɛmpa no munyaa mu anidaso a ɛwɔ hɔ ma mo no. Enti mo gyidi ne mo dɔ a mowɔ no gyina mo anidaso a mowɔ a wɔakora no wɔ ɔsoro ama mo no so. 6Efi 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. 7Ɛnam Epafra a ɔyɛ yɛn nua somfo a ɔde gyidi yɛ Kristo adwuma ma yɛn no so na muhuu eyi. 8Ɔkaa ɔdɔ a Honhom no de ama mo no kyerɛɛ yɛn.
9Esiane saa nti, efi bere a yɛtee mo nka no, yɛbɔ mpae ma mo daa. Yɛsrɛɛ Onyankopɔn sɛ omfi ne pɛ mu mma mo nyansa ne ntease a ne Honhom de ma no. 10Ɛba saa a na mubetumi atena ase sɛnea Awurade hwehwɛ na bere biara nso, mobɛyɛ nea ɛsɔ nʼani. Dwuma biara a mubedi no, ɛbɛsow aba pa na mubenyin wɔ Onyankopɔn ho nimdeɛ mu. 11Yɛrebɔ mpae nso sɛ ne tumi ne nʼahoɔden bɛhyɛ mo ma na moatumi de Awurade mu ahosɛpɛw ne boasetɔ agyina biribiara ano. 12Momfa ahosɛpɛw nna Agya no a ɛnam ne so nti moanya nea wakora so ama nʼahotewfo a wɔwɔ ne hann no mu no bi no ase. 13Ogyee yɛn fii sum tumi ase de yɛn baa ne Dɔba no Ahenni mu dwoodwoo. 14Ne mu na yenya ogye. Ne mu nso na yenya bɔnefakyɛ.
15Kristo yɛ Onyankopɔn a wonhu no no sɛso. Ɔno ne abɔde nyinaa farebae. 16Efisɛ ɛnam ne so na Onyankopɔn bɔɔ biribiara a ɛwɔ ɔsoro 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. 17Na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔrebɔ biribiara, na ne mu na biribiara nya nʼafa pɛpɛɛpɛ. 18Asafo no yɛ ne nipadua, na ɔno na ɔyɛ asafo no ti. Ɔno na nipadua no nkwa fi. Ɔno ne Abakan a wonyan no fii awufo mu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔno nko ara bedi ade nyinaa mu kan. 19Efisɛ Onyankopɔn no ani gye sɛ Ɔba no wɔ ne su nyinaa wɔ ne mu. 20Ɛnam 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 wɔ asennua so no de asomdwoe bae, enti ɔde nneɛma a ɛwɔ asase so ne ɔsoro nyinaa ahyɛ nʼase.
21Bere bi a atwam no, esiane sɛ na moyɛ bɔne na modwene bɔne ho nti, na mo ne Onyankopɔn ntam kwan ware a na moyɛ nʼatamfo nso. 22Nanso ɛnam ne Ba no wu so nti Onyankopɔn afa mo nnamfo, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ kronkron a bɔne biara nni mo ho wɔ nʼanim. 23Ɛsɛ sɛ mokɔ so ma mo gyidi mu yɛ den. Mommma 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
24Ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ merebrɛ mo ho. Menam me honam mu amane a merehu no so retoa Kristo amane a ohuu wɔ ne honam mu maa nʼasafo no so. 25Onyankopɔn a mo yiyedi nti ɔde saa dwuma yi hyɛɛ me nsa no ayɛ me asafo no somfo. Dwumadi no yɛ nʼasɛm no ka, 26a ɛyɛ ahintasɛm a mfe bebree a atwam no, ɔde hintaw adesamma, nanso afei de, wada no adi akyerɛ nʼahotewfo. 27Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe ne sɛ, ɔbɛda nʼahintasɛm a nnepa ne anuonyam wɔ mu no adi akyerɛ Amanamanmufo nso. Ahintasɛm no ne sɛ: Kristo te mo mu, a ne nkyerɛase ne sɛ, yɛwɔ anidaso sɛ yɛn nsa bɛka Onyankopɔn anuonyam no bi.
28Ɛno nti yɛka Kristo ho asɛm kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa. Yɛnam adwene pa so bɔ obiara kɔkɔ, kyerɛkyerɛ, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obiara a yɛde no bɛhyɛ Onyankopɔn nsa no bɛyɛ pɛ wɔ Kristo mu. 29Ɛno nti na menam Kristo tumi sononko a ɔde ma me no so yɛ adwumaden.