Colossians 1:12-29New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [a]to share in the inheritance of the [b]saints in light.
The Incomparable Christ
13 [c]For He rescued us from the [d]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [e]His beloved Son,14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 [f]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:16 for [g]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.17 He [h]is before all things, and in Him all things [i]hold together.18 He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.19 For [j]it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the [k]fullness to dwell in Him,20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in [l]heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 And although you were previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds,22 yet He has now reconciled you in His body of flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—23 if indeed you continue in [m]the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, [n]was made a [o]minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am supplementing what is lacking [p]in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of His body, which is the church.25 I [q]was made a minister of this church according to the commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might [r]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,26 that is, the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His [s]saints,27 to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every person and teaching every person [t]with all wisdom, so that we may present every person [u]complete in Christ.29 For this purpose I also labor, striving according to His [v]power which [w]works mightily within me.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, aholy nation, a people forGod’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
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