1Paulo, mtumwi wa Khristu Yesu mwachifuniro cha Mulungu, ndi Timoteyo mʼbale wathu.
2Kulembera abale oyera mtima ndi okhulupirira a ku Kolose mwa Khristu.
Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu.
Kuyamika ndi Pemphero
3Timayamika Mulungu Atate wa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, nthawi zonse pamene tikukupemphererani. 4Timayamika chifukwa tinamva za chikhulupiriro chanu mwa Khristu Yesu ndi za chikondi chanu pa oyera mtima onse. 5Chikhulupiriro ndi chikondi, gwero lake ndi chiyembekezo chomwe muli nacho chodzalandira zimene anakusungirani kumwamba. Munamva kale za zimenezi kudzera mʼmawu a choonadi, Uthenga Wabwino 6umene unafika kwa inu. Pa dziko lonse lapansi Uthenga Wabwino ukubereka chipatso ndi kukula monga momwe zakhala zikuchitikira pakati panu kuyambira tsiku limene munawumva ndi kuzindikira chisomo cha Mulungu mu choonadi chonse. 7Inu munaphunzira zimenezi kuchokera kwa Epafra, mtumiki mnzathu wokondedwa, amene ndi mtumiki wokhulupirika wa Khristu mʼmalo mwathu. 8Iye anatiwuza za chikondi chanu chimene Mzimu anakupatsani.
9Chifukwa cha ichi, kuyambira tsiku limene tinamva za inu, sitinasiye kukupemphererani ndi kumupempha Mulungu kuti akudzazeni ndi chidziwitso cha chifuniro chake kudzera mu nzeru yonse yauzimu ndi kumvetsetsa. 10Ndipo tikupempherera zimenezi ndi cholinga chakuti inu mukhale moyo oyenera Ambuye ndi kumukondweretsa mʼnjira zonse. Kubereka chipatso pa ntchito iliyonse yabwino, ndi kukula mʼchidziwitso cha Mulungu. 11Timapempheranso kuti Mulungu akulimbikitseni ndi mphamvu yake yonse ya ulemerero wake, kuti muzipirira zonse ndi mitima yofatsa ndi ya chimwemwe 12ndi kuyamika Atate nthawi zonse, amene wakuyenerezani kuti mulandire nawo chuma cha oyera mtima mu ufumu wa kuwunika. 13Pakuti Iye anatipulumutsa ku ulamuliro wa mdima ndi kutibweretsa mu ufumu wa Mwana wake wokondedwa. 14Mwa Iyeyu ife tinawomboledwa ndi kukhululukidwa machimo.
Kupambana Koposa kwa Khristu
15Mwanayu ndiye chithunzi cha Mulungu wosaonekayo. Iye ndiye Mwana wake woyamba kubadwa ndi wolamulira zolengedwa zonse. 16Pakuti zinthu zonse zinalengedwa kudzera mwa Iye. Zinthu zakumwamba ndi za pa dziko lapansi, zooneka ndi zosaoneka, maufumu, akuluakulu, aulamuliro ndi amphamvu. Zinthu zonse zinalengedwa kudzera mwa Iye ndipo anazilengera Iyeyo. 17Iyeyo analipo zinthu zonse zisanalengedwe ndipo zinthu zonse zimamangika pamodzi mwa Iye. 18Iye ndiyenso mutu wa thupi, limene ndi mpingo. Iye ndiye chiyambi chake, woyamba kuuka kwa akufa, kuti Iyeyo akhale wopambana zonse. 19Pakuti kunamukomera Mulungu kuti umulungu wake wonse ukhalemo mwa Khristu. 20Ndipo kudzera mwa Iye Mulungu ayanjanitsenso zinthu zonse ndi Iye mwini, zinthu za pa dziko lapansi, kapena zinthu za kumwamba. Iye anachita mtendere kudzera mʼmagazi ake, wokhetsedwa pa mtanda.
21Kale inu munali kutali ndi Mulungu ndipo munali adani a Mulungu mʼmaganizo mwanu chifukwa cha khalidwe lanu loyipa. 22Koma tsopano Iye anakuyanjanitsani mʼthupi la Khristu kudzera mu imfa kuti akuperekeni pamaso pake oyera, opanda banga ndi opanda chotsutsidwa nacho 23ngati mupitirirabe kukhala mʼchikhulupiriro chanu, okhazikika ndi olimba, osasunthidwa kuchoka pa chiyembekezo chimene munachigwira mu Uthenga Wabwino. Uwu ndi Uthenga Wabwino umene munawumva, umene wakhala ukulalikidwa kwa olengedwa onse a pansi pa thambo, ndi umenenso, ine Paulo ndinakhala mtumiki wake.
Utumiki wa Paulo ku Mpingo
24Tsopano ine ndikukondwa kuti ndinavutika chifukwa cha inu, ndipo ndikukwaniritsa mʼthupi langa zimene zikuperewera pa masautso a Khristu, chifukwa cha thupi lake, limene ndi Mpingo. 25Ine ndakhala mtumiki wake mwa lamulo limene Mulungu anandipatsa kuti ndipereke Mawu a Mulungu athunthu, 26chinsinsi chimene chakhala chikubisika kwa nthawi ndi mibado, koma tsopano chawululidwa kwa oyera mtima. 27Kwa iwo amene Mulungu anawasankha kuti awadziwitse pakati pa a mitundu ina, ulemerero wa chuma cha chinsinsi ichi, amene ndi Khristu mwa inu, chiyembekezo cha ulemerero.
28Ife tikulalikira Khristu, kulangiza ndi kuphunzitsa aliyense mwa nzeru zonse kuti timupereke aliyense wangwiro mwa Khristu. 29Ndi cholinga chimenechi, ine ndikugwira ntchito molimbika ndi mwamphamvu zonse zimene Iye anachita mwa ine.
1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.
2We 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
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4We thank him because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus. We have also heard that you love all God’s people. 5Your 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 6that 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. 7You 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. 8He also told us about your love that comes from the Holy Spirit.
9That’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. 10Then 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. 11We 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. 12We 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. 13He has saved us from the kingdom of darkness. He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14Because 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
15The Son is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. The Son is first, and he is over all creation. 16All 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. 17Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18And 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. 19God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20God 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.
21At one time you were separated from God. You were enemies in your minds because of your evil ways. 22But 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. 23But 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
24I 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. 25I serve the church. God appointed me to bring the complete word of God to you. 26That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to the Lord’s people. 27God 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.
28Christ 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. 29That’s what I’m working for. I work hard with all the strength of Christ. His strength works powerfully in me.