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.

Nkwa Asem

Kolosefo 1

Nkyia

1Saa krataa yi fi Paulo a ɛnam Onyankopɔn pɛ so nti, ɔyɛ Kristo somafo no ne yɛn nua Timoteo nkyɛn.

De kɔma ahotefo a wɔwɔ Kolose a wɔyɛ Kristo mu gyidifo no: Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn nka mo.

Aseda ne mpaebɔ

Bere biara a yɛbɔ mpae ma mo no, yɛda Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Efisɛ, yɛate mo gyidi a mowɔ wɔ Kristo Yesu mu ne dɔ a modɔ ahotefo no. Da a edi kan a motee Asɛmpa no, munyaa mu anidaso a ɛwɔ hɔ ma mo. Enti mo gyidi ne mo dɔ a mowɔ no gyina mo anidaso a mowɔ a wɔakora no wɔ ɔsoro ama mo no so. Efi da a edi kan a motee Onyankopɔn adom na muhuu sɛnea ɛte no, Asɛmpa no de nhyira abrɛ wiase mmaa nyinaa, na trɛw ara na ɛretrɛw sɛnea muhu no wɔ mo mu no.

Ɛnam Epafra a ɔyɛ yɛn nua somfo a ɔde gyidi yɛ Kristo adwuma ma yɛn no so na muhuu eyi. Ɔkaa ɔdɔ a Honhom no de ama mo no kyerɛɛ yɛn.

Esiane saa nti, efi bere a yɛtee mo nka no, yɛbɔ mpae ma mo daa. Yebisa Onyankopɔn sɛ omfi ne pɛ mu mma mo nyansa ne ntease a ne Honhom de ma no. 10 Ɛba saa a na mubetumi atena ase sɛnea Awurade hwehwɛ na bere biara nso, mobɛyɛ nea ɛsɔ n’ani. Dwuma biara a mubedi no, ɛbɛsow aba pa na mubenyin wɔ Onyankopɔn ho nimdeɛ mu.

11 Yɛrebɔ mpae nso sɛ ne tumi ne n’ahoɔden bɛhyɛ mo ma sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔkwan biara so, mode Awurade mu ahosɛpɛw ne boasetɔ begyina biribiara ano. 12 Momfa ahosɛpɛw nna Agya no a ɛnam ne so nti, moanya nea Onyankopɔn akora so ama n’ahotefo a wɔwɔ ne hann no mu no bi no ase. 13 Ogyee yɛn fii sum tumi ase de yɛn baa ne dɔ Ba no ahenni mu dwoodwoo, 14 na ne nti na wɔama yɛade yɛn ho na wɔde yɛn bɔne akyɛ yɛn.

15 Kristo yɛ Onyankopɔn a wonhu no no sɛso. Ɔno ne Abakan a odi abɔde nyinaa so. 16 Efisɛ, ɛnam ne so na Onyankopɔn bɔɔ biribiara a ɛwɔ soro ne asase so, nea wohu ne nea wonhu, honhom mu atumfo, awuranom ne ahemfo. Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ wiase nyinaa na ɔbɔ maa no nso. 17 Na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔrebɔ biribiara na ne mu na biribiara nya n’afa pɛpɛɛpɛ. 18 Asafo no yɛ ne nipadua; na ɔno na ɔyɛ asafo no ti. Ɔno na nipadua no nkwa fi no. Ɔno ne Abakan a wonyanee no fii awufo mu sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a ɔno nko ara bedi ade nyinaa mu kan. 19 Efi Onyankopɔn no ankasa pɛ mu na Ɔba no anya Onyankopɔn su nyinaa wɔ ne mu. 20 Ɛnam ne Ba no so na Onyankopɔn fi ne pɛ mu de wiase nyinaa san bɛhyɛɛ ɔno ankasa ase. Onyankopɔn nam ne Ba no wu a owui asɛnnua so no de asomdwoe bae, enti ɔde nneɛma a ɛwɔ asase so ne ɔsoro nyinaa ahyɛ n’ase.

21  Bere bi a atwam no, esiane sɛ na moyɛ bɔne na modwene bɔne ho nti, na mo ne Onyankopɔn ntam kwan ware a na moyɛ n’atamfo nso. 22 Nanso ɛnam ne Ba no wu so nti, Onyankopɔn afa mo nnamfo sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛyɛ kronn a bɔne biara nni mo ho wɔ n’anim. 23 Ɛsɛ sɛ mokɔ so ma mo gyidi mu yɛ den a momma ho kwan mma mo anidaso a munyaa no da a edi kan a motee Asɛmpa no nhinhim. Saa Asɛmpa a wɔka kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa yi nti, na me, Paulo, mebɛyɛɛ ɔsomfo no.

Paulo brɛ asafo no ho

24 Ɛyɛ me anigye sɛ merebrɛ mo ho. Menam me honam mu amane a merehu so boa nea aka wɔ Kristo amanehunu a ohui wɔ ne honam mu a egyina hɔ ma asafo no no.

25 Onyankopɔn a mo yiye di nti, ɔde saa dwuma yi hyɛɛ me nsa no ayɛ me asafo no somfo. Dwumadi no yɛ n’asɛm no ka, 26 a ɛyɛ ahintasɛm a mfe bebree a atwam no, ɔde hintaw adasamma nanso afei de, wada no adi akyerɛ n’ahotefo. 27 Onyankopɔn nhyehyɛe ne sɛ, ɔbɛda n’ahintasɛm a anuonyam wɔ mu no adi akyerɛ n’ahotefo. Ahintasɛm no ne sɛ: Kristo te mo mu; n’asekyerɛ ne sɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam no ka mo.

28 Ɛno nti, yɛka Kristo ho asɛm kyerɛ nnipa nyinaa. Yɛnam adwene pa so bɔ obiara kɔkɔ kyerɛkyerɛ no sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obiara a yɛde no bɛhyɛ Onyankopɔn nsa no, na ɔyɛ onipa a n’adwene mu abue na ɔne Kristo nso ayɛ baako. 29 Ansa na metumi adi saa dwuma no, na efi tumi a Kristo nam n’ahoɔden so de ama me no.