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.

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Kološanima 1

Kološanima, svetoj i vjernoj braći i sestrama u Isusu Kristu.Neka vam naš Bog Otac udijeli milost i mir.

Pavlova zahvala i molitva

Uvijek se molimo za vas i zahvaljujemo za vas Bogu Ocu našega Gospodina Isusa Krista

jer smo čuli za vašu vjeru u Isusa Krista i za vašu ljubav prema svoj svetoj braći.

Razlog vaše vjere je nada što vas čeka u nebesima. O toj ste nadi prvi put čuli kad ste čuli istinu Radosne vijesti.

Ista ta Radosna vijest koja je došla k vama proširila se cijelim svijetom. Posvuda mijenja ljudske živote, baš kao što je promijenila i vaš prvoga dana kad ste ju čuli i kad ste shvatili istinu o Božjoj milosti prema grešnicima.

Vi ste za nju čuli od Epafre, našega voljenog suradnika. On nas zastupa vjerno služeći Kristu.

On nam je i rekao za vašu ljubav prema drugima, koju vam daje Sveti Duh.

Zato se mi od dana kad smo to čuli neprestano molimo za vas, tražeći da vas Bog ispuni mudrošću i duhovnom spoznajom kako biste mogli razabrati njegovu volju,

10 živjeti dostojno Gospodina i ugoditi mu, roditi svakom vrstom dobrih djela te rasti u spoznaji Boga.

11 Molimo se da vas Bog ojača svojom slavnom silom da možete biti postojani i strpljivi.

12 Da radosno možete uvijek zahvaljivati Ocu koji nas je osposobio da budemo subaštinicima svetoga Božjeg naroda koji živi u svjetlu.

13 Izbavio nas je od vlasti tame i prenio u Kraljevstvo svojega ljubljenog Sina.

14 Njegovom krvlju Bog je otkupio našu slobodu i oprostio nam grijehe.

Kristovo prvenstvo

15 Krist je vidljiva slika nevidljivoga Boga, prvorođenac iznad svih stvorenja.

16 U Kristu je stvoreno sve na nebesima i na zemlji: vidljivo i nevidljivo, kraljevi i kraljevstva, vladari i vlasti. Sve je stvoreno po njemu i za njega.

17 Postojao je prije svega drugoga i održava sve što postoji.

18 On je glava Crkve, koja je njegovo Tijelo. On je prvi od svih ustao od mrtvih, da u svemu bude prvi.

19 Jer se Bogu svidjelo u njemu prebivati svom puninom

20 i kroz njega - njegovom krvlju prolivenom na križu - pomiriti sa sobom sve na zemlji i na nebesima.

21 To se odnosi i na vas koji ste nekada bili daleko od njega i bili mu neprijatelji mišlju i djelima.

22 Ali on vas je ponovno izmirio sa sobom kroz smrt Kristova ljudskog tijela na križu. Priveo vas je u svoju nazočnost svete, neporočne i besprijekorne.

23 Ali morate čvrsto i postojano ustrajati u vjeri. Ne dajte se pokolebati u nadi Radosne vijesti koju ste čuli. Ona se propovijeda diljem svijeta, a mene, Pavla, Bog je postavio da joj služim.

Pavlovo služenje Crkvi

24 Sada se radujem što dovršavam patnje za koje mi je Krist rekao da ću ih proći za dobro Crkve, njegova tijela.

25 Bog me je zadužio da služim njegovoj Crkvi naviještajući njegovu poruku vama poganima u svoj punini.

26 Ta je tajna bila skrivena vjekovima i naraštajima, ali sada ju je Bog očitovao njegovim svetima.

27 Jer Bogu se svidjelo da svojemu narodu objavi kako su bogatstvo i slava Kristova namijenjeni i vama poganima. Jer u ovome je tajna: Krist živi u vama i vaša je nada da ćete biti dionicima njegove slave.

28 Svima naviještamo Krista. Opominjemo i poučavamo ljude, s mudrošću koju nam je Bog dao, da svakoga učinimo zrelim u Kristu.

29 Da to postignem, trudim se i borim u njegovoj snazi, koja tako silno djeluje u meni.