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.

Footnotes

  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 (Simplified)

歌罗西书 1

1我是奉上帝旨意做基督耶稣使徒的保罗, 和提摩太弟兄写信给歌罗西的圣徒,就是忠于基督的弟兄姊妹。

愿我们的父上帝赐给你们恩典和平安!

感恩与祷告

3-4 我们听说了你们对基督耶稣的信心和对众圣徒的爱心,为你们祷告的时候,常常感谢我们主耶稣基督的父上帝。 你们能有这样的信心和爱心是因为那给你们存在天上的盼望,就是你们从前从福音真道中听到的盼望。 这福音不但传到了你们那里,也传到了世界各地,并且开花结果,信主的人数不断增长,正如你们当初听了福音,因为明白真理而认识上帝的恩典后的情形。 这福音是你们从我们亲爱的同工以巴弗那里得知的。他代表我们[a]做基督的忠仆, 并把圣灵赐给你们的爱心告诉了我们。

因此,从听到你们的消息那天起,我们便不断地为你们祷告,求上帝使你们在一切属灵的智慧和悟性上完全明白祂的旨意, 10 以便你们行事为人对得起主,凡事蒙祂喜悦,在一切良善的事上结出果实,对上帝的认识不断增加。 11 愿上帝以祂荣耀的权能使你们刚强,无论遇到什么事都能长久忍耐, 12 欢喜地感谢天父,因祂使你们有资格跟众圣徒在光明中同享基业。 13 祂把我们从黑暗的权势下拯救出来,带进祂爱子的国度里。 14 我们借着祂的爱子蒙救赎,罪过得到赦免。

基督超越一切

15 基督是那不能看见之上帝的真像,超越[b]一切受造之物。 16 因为万物都是借着祂创造的,天上的、地上的、有形的、无形的、做王的、统治的、执政的、掌权的,一切都是借着祂也是为了祂而创造的。 17 祂存在于万物之前,万物都靠祂而维系。 18 祂是教会的头,教会是祂的身体;祂是源头,是首先从死里复活的,这样祂可以在一切事上居首位。 19 因为上帝乐意让一切的丰盛住在祂里面, 20 又借着祂在十字架上所流的血成就了和平,使天地万物借着祂与上帝和好。

21 你们从前与上帝隔绝,行事邪恶,心思意念与祂为敌; 22 但现在上帝借着基督肉身的死使你们与祂和好了,让你们在祂面前成为圣洁无瑕、无可指责的人。 23 只是你们必须恒心持守所信的道,根基稳固,坚定不移,不要失去你们听到福音后所得到的盼望。这福音传给了天下万民。我保罗也做了这福音的使者。

保罗为教会受苦

24 现在我因能够为你们受苦而欢喜,并且我是为基督的身体——教会的缘故,在自己身上补满基督未受的苦难。 25 我受上帝的委派成为教会的仆人,要把上帝的道完整地传给你们。 26 这道是历世历代一直隐藏的奥秘,现在已经向祂的众圣徒显明了。 27 上帝要他们知道这奥秘在外族人中有何等丰富的荣耀,这奥秘就是基督在你们里面,使你们有荣耀的盼望。 28 我们传扬基督,用各样的智慧劝诫、教导众人,使他们在基督里长大成熟,好把他们带到上帝面前。 29 为此,我按着祂在我身上运行的大能尽心竭力,不辞劳苦。

Footnotes

  1. 1:7 我们”有古卷作“你们”。
  2. 1:15 超越”或译“先存于”,希腊文是“长子”,常用来指地位上的优越或时间上的优先。