Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother.
The Saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae
- Thanks and prayer for the assembly
Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light.
- The glory of Christ and his works
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him.
- The Apostleship among the Saints
The mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations. But now it has been revealed to his Saints.
Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
- Warning against false teaching
Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily.
These precepts and doctrines of men appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
- The heavenly goal and the Christian path
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another
with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.
Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.
- The Christian household
tever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men.
Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
- Of prayer and keeping your word
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
- Greetings and blessings
All my affairs will be made known to you by Tychicus, that he may comfort your hearts.
Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas and Jesus who is called Justus. Luke the beloved physician and Demas.
Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly that is in his house. Tell Archippus to fulfill the ministry in the Lord. The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.