1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15. in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.1:2 Some manuscripts Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Thanksgiving and prayer
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – 5the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,1:7 Or slave who is a faithful minister of Christ on our1:7 Some manuscripts your behalf, 8and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,1:9 Or all spiritual wisdom and understanding 10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you1:12 Some manuscripts us to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The supremacy of the Son of God
15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of1:21 Or minds, as shown by your evil behaviour. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Paul’s labour for the church
24Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works 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.