1Kutoka kwa Paulo, mtume wa Kristo Yesu na Timotheo ndugu yetu. 2 Kwa ndugu katika Kristo, watakatifu na waaminifu waishio Kolosai. Tunawatakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba yetu.
Shukrani Na Maombi
3 Siku zote tunamshukuru Mungu, Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo, tunapowaombea. 4 Kwa maana tumepata habari juu ya imani yenu katika Kristo Yesu na upendo wenu kwa watu wote wa Mungu. 5 Imani hii na upendo umetokana na tumaini mlilowekewa mbinguni na ambalo mmelisikia katika neno la kweli, yaani Habari Njema. 6 Duniani kote, hii Habari Njema iliyowajia inaenea na kuzaa mat unda kama ilivyokuwa kwenu mlipoisikia na kuelewa neema ya Mungu kwa kina.
7 Mlijifunza juu ya Habari Njema kutoka kwa mtumishi mwenzenu mpendwa, Epafra. Yeye ni mhudumu mwaminifu wa Kristo ambaye ana fanya kazi kwa niaba yetu, 8 naye ametufahamisha juu ya upendo wenu mliopewa na Roho.
9 Kwa sababu hii, tangu tuliposikia habari zenu, hatujaacha kuwaombea. Tunamsihi Mungu awape kwa wingi, maarifa ya kujua mapenzi yake, kwa njia ya hekima ya kiroho na ufahamu. 10 Ili mpate kuishi maisha yanayomtukuza Bwana na kumpendeza kabisa: mkizaa matunda kwa kila kazi njema na kukua katika kumjua Mungu. 11 Tunawaombea pia muimarishwe na nguvu zote kwa kadiri ya nguvu ya utukufu wake; mpate kuwa na subira na uvumilivu, huku 12 mkimshukuru kwa furaha Baba aliyewafanya mustahili kuwa na fungu katika urithi wa watakatifu, katika ufalme wa nuru. 13 Kwa maana ametuokoa kutoka katika nguvu za giza, akatuweka katika ufalme wa Mwanae mpendwa, 14 ambaye ametukomboa kwa damu yake, tukapata msamaha wa dhambi.
Ukuu Wa Kristo
15 Kristo anafanana kabisa na Mungu asiyeonekana. Yeye ali kuwepo kabla Mungu hajaumba kitu cho chote. 16 Yeye ndiye ali yeumba vitu vyote mbinguni na duniani; vitu vinavyoonekana na visivyoonekana; kama ni viti vya enzi au nguvu, au watawala au milki na mamlaka: vyote viliumbwa na yeye kwa ajili yake. 17 Yeye alikuwapo kabla ya vitu vingine vyote na kwa uwezo wake vitu vyote vinahusiana kwa mpango. 18 Yeye ni kichwa cha mwili, yaani kanisa lake; naye ni wa kwanza na mzaliwa wa kwanza wa wale wote wanaofufuka kutoka kwa wafu, ili yeye peke yake awe mkuu katika vitu vyote. 19 Kwa kuwa ilimpendeza Mungu kwamba ukamil ifu wake wote wa kimungu uwe ndani ya Mwanae; 20 na kwamba kwa njia ya mwanae vitu vyote vilivyoko duniani na vilivyoko mbinguni vipatanishwe na Mungu, kwa ajili ya damu yake iliyomwagwa msala bani kuleta amani.
21 Hapo kwanza ninyi mlikuwa mmefarakana na Mungu na mlikuwa maadui zake kwa sababu ya mawazo na matendo yenu maovu. 22 Lakini sasa Mungu amewapatanisha naye kwa njia ya mwili wa Kristo katika kifo, ili awaweke mbele yake mkiwa watakatifu, bila doa wala lawama. 23 Lakini hamna budi kuendelea kuwa imara na thabiti katika imani yenu, pasipo kuyumba katika tumaini lililomo katika Injili. Hii ndio ile Injili mliyoisikia na ambayo imetan gazwa kwa kila kiumbe duniani na ambayo mimi, Paulo, nimekuwa mtumishi wake.
Huduma Ya Paulo Kwa Makanisa
24 Na sasa nafurahi kuteseka kwa ajili yenu na kwa mateso yangu ninakamilisha kile ambacho kimepungua katika mateso ya Kristo kwa ajili ya mwili wake, yaani kanisa lake. 25 Mimi nime kuwa mtumishi wa kanisa kufuatana na wajibu niliopewa na Mungu, kuwasilisha kwenu neno la Mungu kwa ukamilifu. 26 Hii ni siri ambayo ilikuwa imefichika kwa karne nyingi na vizazi vingi viliv yopita, lakini sasa imefunuliwa kwa watu wa Mungu. 27 Kwao, Mungu amependa kudhihirisha kati ya mataifa utukufu wa utajiri wa siri hii, yaani, Kristo ndani yenu ndiye tumaini pekee la utu kufu.
28 Kwa sababu hii tunamtangaza Kristo, tukiwaonya na kuwa fundisha watu wote kwa hekima yote ili tuweze kumleta kila mmoja mbele ya Mungu akiwa amekamilika katika Kristo. 29 Kwa shabaha hii nina fanya kazi, nikijitahidi kwa nguvu kuu ya Kristo inay ofanya kazi kwa uwezo mkuu ndani yangu.
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.
2 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
3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, 5 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.
6 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.
7 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] 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
9 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
- 1:2 Greek faithful brothers.
- 1:7 Or he is ministering on your behalf; some manuscripts read he is ministering on our behalf.
- 1:11 Or all the patience and endurance you need with joy.
- 1:14 Some manuscripts add with his blood.
- 1:15 Or He is the firstborn of all creation.
- 1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead.
- 1:28 Or mature.