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Colossians 1

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,*
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.*
  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* 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.

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Footnotes:

1:15 Or He is the firstborn of all creation.
1:18 Or the firstborn from the dead.
1:28 Or mature.
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