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.
1Krataa yi firi Paulo a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so enti, ɔyɛ Kristo somafoɔ no ne yɛn nua Timoteo nkyɛn,
2Yɛde kɔma ahotefoɔ a wɔwɔ Kolose a wɔyɛ Kristo mu agyidifoɔ no:
Adom ne asomdwoeɛ a ɛfiri yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn nka mo.
Aseda Ne Mpaeɛbɔ
3Ɛberɛ biara a yɛbɔ mpaeɛ ma mo no, yɛda Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. 4Ɛfiri sɛ, yɛate mo gyidie a mowɔ wɔ Kristo Yesu mu ne dɔ a modɔ ahotefoɔ no. 5Ɛda a ɛdi ɛkan a motee Asɛmpa no, monyaa mu anidasoɔ a ɛwɔ hɔ ma mo. Enti, mo gyidie ne mo dɔ a mowɔ no gyina mo anidasoɔ a mowɔ a wɔakora no wɔ ɔsoro ama mo no so. 6Ɛfiri da a ɛdi ɛkan a motee Onyankopɔn adom na mohunuu sɛdeɛ ɛteɛ no, Asɛmpa no de nhyira abrɛ ewiase afanan nyinaa, na trɛ ara na ɛretrɛ sɛdeɛ mohunu no wɔ mo mu no. 7Ɛnam Epafra a ɔyɛ yɛn nua ɔsomfoɔ a ɔde gyidie yɛ Kristo adwuma ma yɛn no so na mohunuu yei. 8Ɔkaa ɔdɔ a Honhom no de ama mo no kyerɛɛ yɛn.
9Esiane saa enti, ɛfiri ɛberɛ a yɛtee mo nka no, yɛbɔ mpaeɛ ma mo daa. Yɛbisa Onyankopɔn sɛ ɔmfiri ne pɛ mu mma mo nyansa ne nteaseɛ a ne Honhom de ma no. 10Ɛba saa a na mobɛtumi atena ase sɛdeɛ Awurade hwehwɛ na ɛberɛ biara nso, mobɛyɛ deɛ ɛsɔ nʼani. Dwuma biara a mobɛdi no, ɛbɛso aba pa na mobɛnyini wɔ Onyankopɔn ho nimdeɛ mu. 11Yɛrebɔ mpaeɛ nso sɛ ne tumi ne nʼahoɔden bɛhyɛ mo ma sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a ɛkwan biara so, mode Awurade mu ahosɛpɛ ne boasetɔ bɛgyina biribiara ano. 12Momfa ahosɛpɛ nna Agya no a ɛnam ne so enti, moanya deɛ Onyankopɔn akora so ama nʼahotefoɔ a wɔwɔ ne hann no mu no bi no ase. 13Ɔgyee yɛn firii esum tumi ase de yɛn baa ne Dɔ Ba no Ahennie mu dwoodwoo. 14Ne mu na yɛnya ɔgyeɛ. Ne mu nso na yɛnya bɔnefakyɛ.
15Kristo yɛ Onyankopɔn a wɔnhunu no no sɛso. Ɔno ne abɔdeɛ nyinaa farebae. 16Ɛfiri sɛ, ɛnam ne so na Onyankopɔn bɔɔ biribiara a ɛwɔ ɔsoro ne asase so, deɛ wɔhunu ne deɛ wɔnhunu, honhom mu atumfoɔ, awuranom ne ahemfo. Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ ewiase 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 onipadua; na ɔno na ɔyɛ asafo no ti. Ɔno na onipadua no nkwa firi no. Ɔno ne Abakan a wɔnyanee no firii awufoɔ mu sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a ɔno nko ara bɛdi adeɛ nyinaa mu ɛkan. 19Ɛfiri Onyankopɔn no ankasa pɛ mu na Ɔba no wɔ Onyankopɔn su nyinaa wɔ ne mu. 20Ɛnam ne Ba no so na Onyankopɔn firi ne pɛ mu de ewiase nyinaa sane bɛhyɛɛ ɔno ankasa ase. Onyankopɔn nam ne Ba no wu a ɔwuu asɛnnua so no de asomdwoeɛ baeɛ, enti ɔde nneɛma a ɛwɔ asase so ne ɔsoro nyinaa ahyɛ nʼase.
21Ɛberɛ bi a atwam no, ɛsiane sɛ na moyɛ bɔne na modwene bɔne ho enti, na mo ne Onyankopɔn ntam kwan ware a na moyɛ nʼatamfoɔ nso. 22Nanso, ɛnam ne Ba no wuo so enti Onyankopɔn afa mo nnamfo sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ kronkron a bɔne biara nni mo ho wɔ nʼanim. 23Ɛsɛ sɛ mokɔ so ma mo gyidie mu yɛ den. Mommma ho kwan mma mo anidasoɔ a monyaa no da a ɛdi ɛkan a motee Asɛmpa no nhinhim. Saa Asɛmpa a wɔka kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa yi enti na me, Paulo, mebɛyɛɛ ɔsomfoɔ no.
Paulo Brɛ Asafo No Ho
24Ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ merebrɛ mo ho. Menam me honam mu amaneɛ a merehunu no so retoa Kristo amanehunu a ɔhunuu wɔ ne honam mu maa nʼasafo no so. 25Onyankopɔn a mo yiedie enti, ɔde saa dwuma yi hyɛɛ me nsa no ayɛ me asafo no ɔsomfoɔ. Dwumadie no yɛ nʼasɛm no ka, 26a ɛyɛ ahintasɛm a mfeɛ bebree a atwam no, ɔde hintaa adasamma, nanso afei deɛ, wada no adi akyerɛ nʼahotefoɔ. 27Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛeɛ ne sɛ, ɔbɛda nʼahintasɛm a nnepa ne animuonyam wɔ mu no adi akyerɛ Amanamanmufoɔ nso. Ahintasɛm no ne sɛ: Kristo te mo mu, a nʼasekyerɛ ne sɛ, yɛwɔ anidasoɔ sɛ yɛn nsa bɛka Onyankopɔn animuonyam no bi.
28Ɛno enti, yɛka Kristo ho asɛm kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa. Yɛnam adwene pa so bɔ obiara kɔkɔ, kyerɛkyerɛ no sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a obiara a yɛde no bɛhyɛ Onyankopɔn nsa no bɛyɛ pɛ wɔ Kristo mu. 29Ɛno enti na menam Kristo tumi sononko a ɔde ma me no so yɛ adwumaden.