New International Reader's Version

Colossians 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.

We 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

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. We thank him because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus. We have also heard that you love all God’s people. Your 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 that 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. You 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. He also told us about your love that comes from the Holy Spirit.

That’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. 10 Then 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. 11 We 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. 12 We 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. 13 He has saved us from the kingdom of darkness. He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14 Because 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

15 The Son is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. The Son is first, and he is over all creation. 16 All 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. 17 Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18 And 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. 19 God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20 God 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.

21 At one time you were separated from God. You were enemies in your minds because of your evil ways. 22 But 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. 23 But 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

24 I 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. 25 I serve the church. God appointed me to bring the complete word of God to you. 26 That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to the Lord’s people. 27 God 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.

28 Christ 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. 29 That’s what I’m working for. I work hard with all the strength of Christ. His strength works powerfully in me.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Abakkolosaayi 1

Okwebaza n’okusaba

1Nze Pawulo, omutume wa Kristo Yesu olw’okwagala kwa Katonda, wamu ne Timoseewo owooluganda, tuwandiikira abantu ba Katonda, abatukuvu era abooluganda abeesigwa mu Kristo ab’e Kkolosaayi, nti ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe bibeerenga nammwe.

Buli bwe tubasabira, twebaza Katonda, Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo. Twawulira okukkiriza kwe mulina mu Kristo Yesu, n’okwagala kwe mulina eri abantu ba Katonda bonna, abatukuvu, olw’essuubi eryabategekerwa mu ggulu, lye mwawulirako mu kigambo eky’amazima, ye Enjiri. Enjiri yajja gye muli, era ebunye mu nsi yonna ng’ebala ebibala era nga yeeyongera okukula. Okuviira ddala lwe mwasooka okugiwulira, ne mutegeerera ddala amazima agali mu kisa kya Katonda, Enjiri ebadde yeeyongera okubuna mu mmwe. Epafula muddu munnaffe omwagalwa omuweereza wa Kristo omwesigwa gye muli, eyabatuusaako Enjiri eyo, ye yatubuulira okwagala kwe mulina mu Mwoyo.

Noolwekyo, okuviira ddala ku lunaku lwe twawulira ebibafaako, tetulekangayo kubasabira na kubeegayiririra mujjuzibwe okumanya Katonda by’ayagala mu magezi gonna ne mu kutegeera okw’omwoyo. 10 Era tweyongera okubasabira, mutambulenga nga musiimibwa Mukama era nga mumusanyusa mu buli byonna bye mukola, era nga mubala ebibala mu buli mulimu omulungi, era nga mukula mu kutegeera Katonda. 11 Amaanyi ag’ekitiibwa kye, galibafuula abagumiikiriza mu buli nsonga yonna, mulyoke musanyuke, 12 nga mwebaza Kitaffe eyatusaanyiza okugabana ku birungi bye yategekera abantu be abatukuvu ab’obwakabaka obw’ekitangaala. 13 Katonda eyatuwonya n’atuggya mu maanyi g’ekizikiza aga Setaani, n’atutwala mu bwakabaka bw’Omwana we omwagalwa, 14 atusonyiwa ebibi byaffe, n’atufuula ba ddembe.

Obulamu bwa Kristo

15 Mu ye mwe tulabira Katonda oyo atalabika, era ye yasooka okubeerawo nga byonna tebinnabaawo. 16 Mu ye ebintu byonna mwe byatondebwa mu ggulu ne ku nsi, ebirabika n’ebitalabika oba ntebe za bwakabaka oba bwami, oba bafuzi oba ab’obuyinza; ebintu byonna byatondebwa nga biyita mu ye era ku lulwe. 17 Kristo yaliwo nga byonna tebinnabaawo, era mu ye ebintu byonna mwe binywezebwa. 18 Ye gwe mutwe gw’omubiri, n’omubiri ogwo ye Kkanisa. Ye mubereberye, era ye yasooka okuzuukira mu bafu, alyoke abeerenga omubereberye mu byonna. 19 Katonda yasiima okutuukiriza byonna mu ye, 20 era mu ye ebintu byonna bitabaganyizibwa gy’ali. Yaleetawo emirembe olw’omusaayi gwe, ogwayika ku musaalaba, alyoke atabaganye eby’ensi n’eby’omu ggulu.

21 Edda temwali kumpi ne Katonda, era ebirowoozo byammwe n’ebikolwa byammwe ebibi bye byabalabisa ng’abakyawa Katonda. 22 Naye kaakano mutabaganye ne Kristo olw’okufa kwe, abanjuleyo mu maaso ga Katonda nga muli batukuvu era abataliiko bbala wadde ekyokunenyezebwa. 23 Muteekwa okubeerera ddala mu kukkiriza nga munywedde era nga temusagaasagana okuva mu ssuubi ery’Enjiri gye mwawulira, eyabuulirwa abantu bonna abali ku nsi, nze Pawulo gye nafuukira omuweereza waayo.

Okufuba kwa Pawulo ku lw’Ekkanisa

24 Kaakano nsanyuka olw’okubonaabona kwe mbonaabona ku lwammwe. Era kindeetera essanyu, kubanga ntuukiriza okubonaabona kwa Kristo mu mubiri gwange, nga mbonaabona ku lw’omubiri gwe, ye Kkanisa. 25 Katonda yateekateeka okunfuula omuweereza w’Ekkanisa ye ku lwammwe, ndyoke mbabuulire ekigambo kya Katonda mu bujjuvu. 26 Ekyama ekyakwekebwa okuva edda n’edda lyonna, n’emirembe n’emirembe, kaakano kibikkuliddwa abantu be, be batukuvu be. 27 Katonda bw’atyo bwe yasiima, alyoke amanyise Abaamawanga obugagga obw’ekitiibwa ky’ekyama ekyo. Ekyama ekyo ye Kristo abeera mu mmwe, era ly’essuubi ery’ekitiibwa.

28 Kristo oyo gwe tutegeeza nga tuyigiriza buli muntu mu magezi gonna era nga tulabula buli omu, tulyoke twanjule buli muntu eri Katonda ng’atuukiridde mu Kristo. 29 Kyenva ntegana nga nfuba nga nkozesa obuyinza Katonda bw’ampa obw’amaanyi.