2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. To the faithful Christian brothers, the Colossians. (The set aside ones).
3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. Always giving thanks to God for the Colossians when when they prayed to Him.
4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints. We know that you trust in the Lord and love his people. (Those who are believers).
5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. You have been looking forward to the joys of heaven ever since The God News was first preached to you.
6Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world and changing lives everywhere, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. (This is happening today more than ever before as teachers can now broadcast over the world wide web). This is our goal at the "Good News Ministry."
7As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ. Epaphras, a faithful servent of Jesus Christ, was the one who brought you this Good News. Epaphras was a fellow prisoner with Paul. (Philemon 1:23). He founded the church at Colosse, teaching the Christian faith.
8Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. He is the one who told you about the great love for others through the Holy Spirit. Love for those who produce the good fruit of the Spirit; spreading the truth of the word, leaving out all the traditions of men.
9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Knowledge and wisdom to understand God's plan from the beginning till the very end. Remember that all wisdom comes from God. (Proverbs 1:7, Isaiah 28:29, James 3:17). What we do not learn and understand here on earth, will all be open to us at the return of Christ. "No truth will be undiscovered."
10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Honor the Lord in the way you live, always doing good and kind things for others. Learning from God the truth in the Word so that we can share it with others. (Those who will open their eyes and ears). "Many will listen, but most won't hear or see the truth." (They are caught up in old wives tales, traditions of men, ways of the world and false teachings).
11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. Praying for strength and patience that you will be filled with His glorious power. Our Heavenly Father has patience and longsuffering for us, that we all come to salvation. (II Peter 3:9).
12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. Always thanking the Lord for making us partakers in the learning and teaching of the Word. Thanking Him for leading us towards other believers who bring forth The Good News. God has many good teachers working on His side; when He guides you to someone with knowledge, don't reject him because your hung up on the teachings of one specific priest, pastor, or teacher. Their is a huge many member body of Christ in the world today, and we can learn something from all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The Lord has rescued us from the darkness of Satan's kingdom, and brought us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ; "The Light of the world."
14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. He bought our freedom with His blood and forgave us of all our sins. Listen up people! He bought your freedom with His life; so don't get yourself back into bondage under some church who think they have all the answers about salvation as long as you follow their rules and doctrine. "You are a free agent in Christ, so start acting like one."
15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. Christ being in the exact likeness of God. Christ was before any other creature. "Emmanuel" God with us.
16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. Christ Himself is the creator of all things in heaven and earth. Even in the spirit world that is invisible to us, it was all made by Christ. Everything was made for His use and glory. (Romans 11:36).
17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. He was before anything else; and by Him all things are held together. He is the binding force that keeps all things in order. (John 1:1, Hebrews 1:3).
18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. The head of the body of the church which is made up of His people. This word "preeminence" in Greek is: ("proteuo" Strong's #G4409 meaning, to be first in rank or influence). There is no higher than Christ. "He was that first born." (Revelations 1:5).
19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. The full Godhead rest in Christ. (The Father, the Son, The Holy Spirit). All power was given to Him in heaven and earth. (Matthew 28:18).
20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. It was what Christ did that cleared the path for all things to come to him. "All things in heaven and earth." It was Christ's death on the cross that made us right with God through His blood. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. This includes everyone who was once far from God. Enemies of God because of their wickedness, but now He has made them His friends. (He has forgiven you for your sins of the past).
22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. He did this for you through His death on the cross. Because of this, He has brought you into the very presence of God. (No sin left in you, it is gone and blotted out of the book of life). The best part is that through repentance we can keep it that way. "It is God's will." (II Peter 3:9). When you screw up (and we all do at times), repent directly to the Heavenly Father; not some man or woman who think they are your mediator. "Go right to the source." God wants to hear from you, not some jaw flapper.
23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. "There is a condition here." Keep the faith and stand strong in the Word of God. Convinced of the Good News that Jesus died for you and always trusting in Him. Remember that Paul wanted to destroy the church before his conversion, but He listened to God and became one of His best disciples. After all, Paul wrote most of the new testament.
24Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church. Paul was in prison in Rome as part of his suffering, but was happy because he was continuing the work of the Lord.
25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God. God sent Paul to help the church and to reveal His plan to the Gentiles. Without much of Paul's teachings of the word, we would have never had the reformation and freedom for Christians.
26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. This mystery kept secret for centuries and generations past (hidden for ages), would now be opened to those who love Him. (Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 3:9).
27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. The mystery that Christ in your hearts is your only hope of glory. But, there is a deeper meaning of the mystery here, and it would be opened to everyone who believes. The mystery would be explained by Christ in Matthew 13:35-39 and John 8:44 about the tares and children of the devil. The two churches, Smyrna and Philadelphia knew the mystery. (Revelations 2:10, 3:7), both also having the "Key of David." Read our newsletter study topic titled "The Key of David," and Sons of Cain," for a better understanding.
28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Spreading the Good News and staying true to the Word and Jesus Christ.
29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Bringing forth the truth in the Word boldly and with vigor because of Christ being at work within. "When you teach truth in Gods Word, it is the Holy Spirit talking within you."