New Living Translation

Colossians 1

Greetings from Paul

1This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.

We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ.

May God our Father give you grace and peace.

Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf.[b] He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[c] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[d] and forgave our sins.

Christ Is Supreme

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.[f]
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

Paul’s Work for the Church

24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. 25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect[g] in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 Greek faithful brothers.
  2. 1:7 Or he is ministering on your behalf; some manuscripts read he is ministering on our behalf.
  3. 1:11 Or all the patience and endurance you need with joy.
  4. 1:14 Some manuscripts add with his blood.
  5. 1:15 Or He is the firstborn of all creation.
  6. 1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead.
  7. 1:28 Or mature.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

歌羅西書 1

1我是奉上帝旨意作基督耶穌使徒的保羅, 和提摩太弟兄寫信給歌羅西的聖徒,就是忠於基督的弟兄姊妹。



3-4 我們聽說了你們對基督耶穌的信心和對眾聖徒的愛心,為你們禱告的時候,常常感謝我們主耶穌基督的父上帝。 你們能有這樣的信心和愛心是因為那給你們存在天上的盼望,就是你們從前從福音真道中聽到的盼望。 這福音不但傳到了你們那裡,也傳到了世界各地,並且開花結果,信主的人數不斷增長,正如你們當初聽了福音,因為明白真理而認識上帝的恩典後的情形。 這福音是你們從我們親愛的同工以巴弗那裡得知的。他代表我們[a]作基督的忠僕, 並把聖靈賜給你們的愛心告訴了我們。

因此,從聽到你們的消息那天起,我們便不斷地為你們禱告,求上帝使你們在一切屬靈的智慧和悟性上完全明白祂的旨意, 10 以便你們行事為人對得起主,凡事蒙祂喜悅,在一切良善的事上結出果實,對上帝的認識不斷增加。 11 願上帝以祂榮耀的權能使你們剛強,無論遇到什麼事都能長久忍耐, 12 歡喜地感謝天父,因祂使你們有資格跟眾聖徒在光明中同享基業。 13 祂把我們從黑暗的權勢下拯救出來,帶進祂愛子的國度裡。 14 我們藉著祂的愛子蒙救贖,罪過得到赦免。


15 基督是那不能看見之上帝的真像,超越[b]一切受造之物。 16 因為萬物都是藉著祂創造的,天上的、地上的、有形的、無形的、作王的、統治的、執政的、掌權的,一切都是藉著祂也是為了祂而創造的。 17 祂存在於萬物之前,萬物都靠祂而維繫。 18 祂是教會的頭,教會是祂的身體;祂是源頭,是首先從死裡復活的,這樣祂可以在一切事上居首位。 19 因為上帝樂意讓一切的豐盛住在祂裡面, 20 又藉著祂在十字架上所流的血成就了和平,使天地萬物藉著祂與上帝和好。

21 你們從前與上帝隔絕,行事邪惡,心思意念與祂為敵; 22 但現在上帝藉著基督肉身的死使你們與祂和好了,讓你們在祂面前成為聖潔無瑕、無可指責的人。 23 只是你們必須恆心持守所信的道,根基穩固,堅定不移,不要失去你們聽到福音後所得到的盼望。這福音傳給了天下萬民。我保羅也作了這福音的使者。


24 現在我因能夠為你們受苦而歡喜,並且我是為基督的身體——教會的緣故,在自己身上補滿基督未受的苦難。 25 我受上帝的委派成為教會的僕人,要把上帝的道完整地傳給你們。 26 這道是歷世歷代一直隱藏的奧祕,現在已經向祂的眾聖徒顯明了。 27 上帝要他們知道這奧祕在外族人中有何等豐富的榮耀,這奧祕就是基督在你們裡面,使你們有榮耀的盼望。 28 我們傳揚基督,用各樣的智慧勸誡、教導眾人,使他們在基督裡長大成熟,好把他們帶到上帝面前。 29 為此,我按著祂在我身上運行的大能盡心竭力,不辭勞苦。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·7 我們」有古卷作「你們」。
  2. 1·15 超越」或譯「先存於」,希臘文是「長子」,常用來指地位上的優越或時間上的優先。