The Holy Bible: The New Word – Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

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    1[1-17]From Paul, a follower of Yeshua, the Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy our Christian brother, to the Christians and all the faithful ones in Christ which are at Colosse: May God’s grace and peace be with you, from Yahweh God and Yeshua the Christ. We give thanks to God, who Yeshua, the Christ is from, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Yeshua, and of the love which you have to all the Christians, because the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, in which you heard in the words of truth of the New Word; which is here to you, as it’s in all the world; and makes fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As you also learned of Epaphras our dear co-worker, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you; and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. Because of this we also, since the day we heard it, don’t stop praying for you, and wanting you to be filled with the knowledge of Christ’s will with wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might please God, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all strength, for the amazing power of Christ, in patience and suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks to God, Who has made us right in order for us to take part of the inheritance of the Christians in light: Who has taken us from the power of darkness, and has brought us into the realm of God’s Beloved Child: In whom we’ve been bought through Christ’s blood to save us from our sins: Who is the living example of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: because by Christ everything was created, that is in heaven, and that is in earth, both visible and invisible, whether it is thrones, or areas of control, or spiritual realms, or powers: everything was created by Christ, and for Christ: And Christ was before everything, and by Christ everything exists.

     [18-29] And Christ is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first to be raised from the dead; in order to have the most important place in everything. Because it pleased God that all of the godhead would be in Christ; And having made peace through the blood of the cross, by Christ, to bring everything back to God; by Christ, I say, whether it is things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, who were at odds at one time with and enemies in your minds by the evil that you’ve done, still now has Christ brought back: In the flesh of Christ’s body through death, to present you set apart and without blame and unconvictable in God’s sight: If you stay in the faith, well grounded and settled, and don’t move away from the hope of the New Word, which you’ve heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; in which I, Paul, am made a minister; Who now gladly accepts my sufferings for you, taking on the troubles of Christ in my body for the body’s’ sake, which is the church: Which I am a minister, for the privilege of God, who is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God; Even the secret which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made plain to the Christians: To whom God would make known the wealth of the victory of this secret among the other peoples; which is Christ in you, the hope of victory: Whom we preach, warning everyone, and teaching everyone in all wisdom; so that we can present each one complete in Christ Yeshua: Which is why I also work, striving for the work of God, which works greatly in me.

    2[1-5] And I wish you knew what great struggles I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for whoever hasn’t seen me face to face; that their hearts might be in good spirits now, coming together in love, and to have all the wealth of the full assurance of understanding, to know the secrets of God, both of Yahweh God, and of Yeshua, the Christ; in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, in case anyone tries to fool you with tempting words. Because though I am absent in the body, still I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and watching over you, and seeing the strength of your faith in Christ.

    [6-10] So as you’ve gotten Christ Yeshua, the Savior, walk in Christ, rooted and built up in Christ, and settled in the faith, as you’ve been taught, prospering in it with thanksgiving. Beware, in case anyone tries to ruin you through ways of thought and meaningless lies, in the way of life of human beings, after the ways of the world, and not after Christ. Because all the fullness of the Godhead is in the body of Christ and you’re complete in Christ, which is the head of all spiritual realms and power.

     [11-15] In whom also you’re cleansed with the spiritual cleansing, in putting the sins of the flesh out of the spirit by the cleansing of Christ: Buried with Christ in baptism, in which also you’re raised with Christ through the faith of the work of God, who has raised Christ from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncleanness of your body, have been brought back to life again together with Christ, who has forgiven you all your sins; Blotting out the writing of rules that were against us, which were hard for us to follow, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross of Christ; And having destroyed spiritual realms and powers, Christ made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

     [16-19] So let no one judge you in what you eat, or in what you drink, or in respect of a Holiday, or of the new moon, or of Days of Worship: Which are but a shadow of things to come; but the body is freed through Christ. [18] Let no one cheat you out of your reward by tricking you into thinking salvation can be gained by yourselves, or through the worship of angels, intruding into what they haven’t seen, filled with pride uselessly by their worldly minds, and not holding on to the Head, from which all the body gets nourishment ministered to it and comes together by joints and ligaments, and grows with the nourishment of God.

    [20-23] So if you’re dead with Christ from the ways of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you still subjecting yourselves to rules, (Don’t touch; don’t taste; don’t hold; which are all about things that are gone when they are used;) the rules and laws created by human beings? And these things do appear to be wise in the worship human willpower, false humility, and the neglecting of the body; but aren’t of any value against the selfishness of the soul.

    3[1-4] If you then are risen with Christ, look for what is above, where Christ sits on the right side of God. Place your love on things above, not on things on the earth. Because you’re dead to the world, and your life is buried with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you will also appear with Christ in victory.

    [5-11] So put to death in your bodies which are on the earth; sexual sin, all evil, unnatural affection, evil passions, and greed, which is idolatry: Because the judgment of God comes on the children of disobedience for these very things: In which you also once did, when you lived in that way. But now you should also get rid of all these; anger, rage, hatred, disrespect, filthy talking coming out of your mouth. And don’t lie to one another, seeing that you’ve gotten rid of the old person with your past actions; and have put on the new person, which is renewed in knowledge in the likeness of the ONE who created you: Where there’s neither one race nor another, cleansed nor uncleansed, foreigner nor uncivilized, worker nor free: but Christ is all that counts, and in Christ, all are accepted.

     [12-17] So put on, as the chosen of God, holy and dear loved ones, souls of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind,  gentleness, patience; waiting for one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a problem with someone: even as Christ forgave you, so you should do, too. And above all this put on love, which is the perfect bond. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you’re called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ live richly in you in all wisdom; teaching and warning one another in sayings and songs and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or action, do all in the Name of Christ Yeshua, giving thanks to Yahweh God through Christ.

    [18-25] Wives show respect to your own husband as you would to God. Husbands, love your wife, and don’t be too harsh with her. Children, obey your parents in everything, which is pleasing to God. Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, or they will become discouraged. Workers, work hard for your employers at all times as for the physical body; not just when you’re seen by them, as people-pleasers; but in the trueness of the heart, as in respect to God: And whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly, as to God, and not just for those you serve; knowing that you’ll get the reward of the inheritance from God because you serve Yeshua, the Christ. But whoever does wrong will be punished for the wrong which they have done: and God shows no partiality between persons.

    4[1] Employers, pay your workers an equal wage that is fair; knowing that you also have a Boss in heaven.

    [2-6] Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; while also praying for us, that God would open to us a door of speech, in order to speak the secrets of Christ, for which I am also in jail: So that I can make it plain, as I should speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside the church, buying your time. Speak always with grace, seasoned with salt, so that you can know how you should answer everyone.

    [7-9] Tychicus will tell you how I’m doing, who is a dearly loved brother, and a faithful minister and co-worker in Christ: Whom I’ve sent to you for the same reason, to know how you are, and to comfort your hearts; along with Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They’ll let you know everything that’s happened here.

    [10-17] Aristarchus, my jail mate says hello to you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, (the one about whom you’ve already gotten word: if he comes to you, take him in) and Jesus, which is called Justus, who are Jews. These are my only co-workers to the realm of God, which have been a great comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a worker of Christ, says hello to you, always praying hard for you, so that you can stand completely perfect in all the will of God. Because I tell you, that they have a great passion for you, along with those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. The dearly loved, Dr. Luke, and Demas say hello to you. Say hello to the Christians which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in their house. And when this letter is read among you, let it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and you read the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippus; be true to the ministry which you’ve gotten in Christ, so that you complete it.

    [18] The Greeting is by my own hand, Paul. Remember I am in jail. May God’s Grace be with you. So be it!

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