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Chapter 1


1:1 Paul (paulos), [an] apostle (apostolos) of Jesus (Iēsou) Christ (Christou) through (dia) [the] desire (thelēmatos) of God (theou);


and (kai) the (ho) brother (adelphos) Timotheus (Timotheos),


1:2 to the (tois) holy ones (hagiois) in (en) Colossae (Kolossais), and (kai) to believable (pistois) brothers (adelphois) in (en) Christ (Christō);


grace (charis) [be] to you (humin), and (kai) peace (eirēnē) from (apo) God (theou), [the] Father (patros) of us (hēmōn).


1:3 We give thanks well (eucharistoumen) to the (tō) God (theō), Father (patri) of the (tou) lord (kuriou) of us (hēmōn), Jesus (Iēsou) Christ (Christou), we always causing ourselves to be well-thankful to4336 (pantote proseuchomenoi) [God, AE] about (peri) you (humōn);


1:4 we having heard (akousantes) of the (tēn) belief (pistin) of you (humōn) in (en) Christ (Christō) Jesus (Iēsou), and (kai) of the (tēn) love (agapēn) of which (hēn) you hold (echete) into (eis) all (pantas) of the (tous) holy ones (hagious)


1:5 through (dia) [the sake, AE] of the (tēn) hope (elpida), the (tēn) [hope, AE] being laid away (apokeimenēn) for you (humin) in (en) the (tois) heavens (ouranois), which (hēn) you heard before (proēkousate) in (en) the (tō) Word (logō) of the (tēs) Truth (alētheias) of the (tou) Evangelism (euangeliou),


1:6 of the (tou) [Evangelism, v5, RE] coming alongside (parontos) into (eis) you (humas);


down according to as (kathōs) it is (estin) in (en) all (panti) the (tō) cosmos (kosmō) also (kai), [the Evangelism, v5, RE] causing itself to bring forth produce (karpophoroumenon), and (kai) being caused to grow (auxanomenon);


down according to as (kathōs) [the Evangelism, v5, RE] [is] in (en) you (humin) also (kai), from (aph’) [the] day (hēmeras) of which (hēs) you heard (ēkousate) [it, AE] and (kai) experientially knew (epegnōte) the (tēn) grace (charin) of the (tou) God (theou), in (en) Truth (alētheia);


1:7 down according to as (kathōs) you learned (emathete) from (apo) Epaphras (Epaphras), the (tou) beloved (agapētou) slave together with (sundoulou) us (hēmōn), who (hos) is (estin) a believable (pistos) minister (diakonos) of the (tou) Christ (Christou) over (huper) [the sake, AE] of you (humōn),


1:8 the one (ho) having made obvious (dēlōsas) to us (hēmin) also (kai) the (tēn) love (agapēn) of you (humōn) in (en) Spirit (pneumati).


1:9 Through (dia) this (touto) we (hēmeis) also (kai), from (aph’) [the] day (hēmeras) of which (hēs) we heard (ēkousamen) [of the love of you, v8, RE], absolutely do not cause ourselves to pause (ou pauometha) causing ourselves to be well-thankful to4336 (proseuchomenoi) [God, AE] over (huper) [the sake, AE] of you (humōn)!


And (kai) we are causing ourselves to request (aitoumenoi) [of the God, AE] in order that (hina) you may be filled full (plērōthēte) of the (tēn) experiential knowledge (epignōsin) of the (tou) desire (thelēmatos) of him (autou), in (en) to all (pasē) wisdom (sophia) and (kai) Spirit-based (pneumatikē) intelligence (sunesei);


1:10 to walk around (peripatēsai) worthily (axiōs) of the (tou) lord (kuriou) into (eis) every (pasan) agreeable thing (areskeian), bringing forth produce (karpophorountes) in (en) every (panti) good (agathō) work (ergō), and (kai) being caused to grow (auxanomenoi) [in, RE] the (tē) knowledge (epignōsei) of the (tou) God (theou);


1:11 being made inherently powerful ones (dunamoumenoi) in (en) all (pasē) inherent power (dunamei), down according to (kata) the (to) power (kratos) of the (tēs) glory (doxēs) of him (autou), into (eis) all (pasan) endurance (hupomonēn) and (kai) patience (makrothumia) with (meta) joy (charas);


1:12 we giving thanks well (eucharistountes) to the (tō) Father (patri), to the one (tō) having made you suitable (hikanōsanti humas) into (eis) the (tēn) participation (merida) of the (tou) inheritance (klērou) of the (tōn) holy ones (hagiōn), in (in) the (tō) light (phōti);


(For Jesus Christ being prophesied as a great light coming, the one who would shed light on the knowledge of God’s Word for a people being caused to sit down in darkness, see Isa. 9:1-2, 49:1-6; Mat. 4:12-16, 10:26-27; *Mark 4:21-23; Luke 1:76-79, 2:25-32, 8:16-17, 11:33, 12:1-3; John 1:1-14, 3:1-21, 8:12, 9:5, 11:9-10, 12:34-36, 41-46; Acts 13:46-47, 26:22-23; 2 Cor. 4:1-6; Eph. 5:8, 13, 14; Col. 1:12; 1 Thes. 5:5; 1 Pet. 2:9; 2 Pet. 1:19; 1 John 2:8-10.)


1:13 who (hos) caused himself to rescue (errusato) us (hēmas) out (ek) of the (tēs) authority (exousias) of the (tou) darkness (skotous);


and (kai) he stood [us, RE] together with (metestēsen) [him, AE] into (eis) the (tēs) Kingdom932 (basileian) of the (tou) son (huiou) [of him, RE], [out, AE] of the (tēs) love (agapēs) of him (autou);


(For God calling us and standing us together with him and his son Christ Jesus, see Mat. 25:33; 2 Cor. 1:3-4, 4:14; Eph. 2:13-14; Col. 1:13, 21-22; Jude 1:24)


1:14 [the son of him, v13, RE] in (en) whom (hō) we have (echomen) the (tēn) redemption (apolutrōsin), the (tēn) letting go (aphesin) of the (tōn) sins (hamartiōn);


1:15 who (hos) is (estin) [an] icon (eikōn) of the (tou) God (theou), of the (tou) un-seeable (aoratou) [God, RE];


[who is, RE] [the] firstborn one (prōtotokos) of all (pasēs) of creation (ktiseōs)


(Here's yet another passage which states that the Word which became Jesus Christ was a being created and made by God. See Prov. 8:24-25; Col. 1:15; Heb. 3:2; Rev. 3:14.)


(For the Word’s heavenly pre-existence as a spirit-based being see Prov. 8:22-31; Dan. 3:25-28; John 1:1-2, 14, 30, 3:13, 31, 6:33, 38, 41, 50-51, 58-62, 8:23-26, 58, 13:3, 16:27-30, 17:5-8, 24; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 10:4, 9, 15:47; Gal. 4:1-5; Eph. 4:8-10, Phil. 2:6-7; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:4-6, 3:2; 1 Pet. 1:20; 1 John 1:2; Rev. 3:14)


(For an outline of Jesus Christ’s accomplishments in his earthly agency to his heavenly Father, see the note under Mat. 3:17.)


(For the physical head of Jesus Christ, as well as the physical heads of all males of mortalkind, being subordinate icons of the glory of the God, see Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; 2 Cor. 3:18, 4:4; Phil. 2:5-6; Col. 1:15, 3:10; Heb. 1:3)


1:16 because (hoti) in (en) him (autō) were created (ektisthē) all the things (ta panta) in (en) the (tois) heavens (ouranois) and (kai) upon (epi) the (tēs) land (gēs), the (ta) seeable things (horata) and (kai) the (ta) un-seeable things (aorata).  


Whether (eite) thrones (thronoi), whether (eite) lordships (kuriotētes), whether (eite) chief ones746 (archai), whether (eite) authorities (exousiai), all (panta) have been created (ektistai) through (di’) [the sake, AE] of him (autou) and (kai) into (eis) him (auton).


1:17 And (kai) he (autos) is (estin) before (pro) all (pantōn) [were created, v16, RE].


And (kai) he has stood together (sunestēken) all (panta) of the (ta) [holy ones, v12, RE] in (en) to him (autō)


(For all things coming to pass through God’s instrumental use of the Word, see John 1:3, 10; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2-3)


1:18 And (kai) he (autos) is (estin) the (hē) head (kephalē) of the (tou) body (sōmatos), the (tēs) assembly (ekklēsias), one who (hos) is (estin) [the] beginning one746 (archē), [the] firstborn one (prōtotokos) out (ek) of the (tōn) dead ones (nekrōn);


in order that (hina) he (autos) may cause himself to become (genētai) one being placed first (prōteuōn) in (en) all things (pasin)


1:19 because (hoti) all (pan) the (to) fullness (plērōma) [of the God, v15, ER] well-approved (eudokēsen) to home-down (katoikēsai) in (en) him (autō),


(For who is the complete one, see Luke 13:31-32; John 17:18-23; Eph.4:7-16; Col. 1:19; Heb. 5:8-9, 7:28, 9:11, 12:2.)


1:20 and (kai) to reconcile (apokatallaxai) all the things (ta panta) into (eis) himself (auton) through (di’) him (autou), [the God, v15, ER] having made peace (eirēnopoiēsas) through (di’) him (autou);


[the God, v15, ER] [having made peace, RE] through (dia) the (tou) blood (haimatos) of the (tou) stake (staurou) of him (autou), whether (eite) the things (ta) [are] upon (epi) the (tēs) land (gēs), whether (eite) the things (ta) [are] in (en) the (tois) heavens (ouranois)


(For God making Jesus Christ his domicile, and He subsequently working IN and THROUGH Jesus Christ as his mortal agent in this cosmos, see *Mat. 9:8; Mark 6:5; Luke 5:17, 7:16; John 3:2, 5:19-20, 8:16, *29, 9:33, *10:38, *14:10-11, *16-20, 28, 16:32b; *Acts 2:22, 10:38; *2 Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 3:16-19, 4:6; *Col. 1:19-20, 2:9; 1 John 5:20)


1:21 And (kai) you (humas), in time past (pote), were being (ontas) ones having been alienated from (apēllotriōmenous) [the God, v15, ER], and (kai) hated ones (echthrous) in (en) the (tē) thought (dianoia), [in, RE] the (tois) works (ergois), the (tois) evil ones (ponērois).


1:22 But (de) now, at this moment (nuni), [the God, v15, ER] has reconciled (apokatēllaxen) [you, v21, RE] in (en) the (tō) body (sōmati) of the (tēs) flesh (sarkos) of him (autou), through (dia) the (tou) death (thanatou) [of him, RE], to stand [you, v21, RE] alongside (parastēsai), holy ones (hagious) and (kai) unblemished ones (amōmous), and (kai) unquestionable ones (anenklētous) down in sight (katenōpion) of him (autou),


(For God calling us and standing us together with him and his son Christ Jesus, see Mat. 25:33; 2 Cor. 1:3-4, 4:14; Eph. 2:13-14; Col. 1:13, 21-22; Jude 1:24)


1:23 if (ei) indeed (ge) you stay (epimenete) [in, AE] to the (tē) belief (pistei);


you having been founded (tethemeliōmenoi) and (kai) settled ones (hedraioi), and (kai) ones not being moved (mē metakinoumenoi) from (apo) the (tēs) hope (elpidos) of the (tou) Evangelism (euangeliou) of which (hon) you heard (ēkousate);


of the (tou) [Evangelism, RE] having been preached (kēruchthentos) in (en) to all (pasē) creation (ktisei), the (tē) [creation, RE] under (hupo) the (ton) heaven (ouranon);


of which (hou) [Evangelism, RE] I (egō), Paul (Paulos), caused myself to become (egenomēn) [a] minister (diakonos)!


1:24 Now (nun) I rejoice (chairō) in (en) the (tois) sufferings (pathēmasin) [of me, AE] over (huper) [the sake, AE] of you (humōn);


and (kai) I fill up (antanaplērō) in (en) the (tē) flesh (sarki) of me (mou) the (ta) things lacking (husterēmata) of the (tōn) mental pressures (thlipseōn) of the (tou) Christ (Christou), over (huper) [the sake, AE] of the (tou) body (sōmatos) of him (autou), which (ho) is (estin) the (hē) assembly (ekklēsia);


1:25 of which (hēs) [assembly, RE] I (egō) caused myself to become (egenomēn) [a] minister (diakonos) down on account (kata) of the (tēn) house stewardship (oikonomian) of the (tou) God (theou);


of the (tēn) [house stewardship, RE] having been given (dotheisan) to me (moi) [to give, AE] into (eis) you (humas), to fulfill (plērōsai) the (ton) Word (logon) of the (tou) God (theou)


1:26 [of the house stewardship, v25, RE] of the (to) Mystery (mustērion);


the (to) [Mystery, RE] having been hidden away (apokekrummenon) from (apo) the (tōn) ages (aiōnōn) and (kai) from (apo) the (tōn) generations (geneōn), but (de) now (nun) it was manifested (ephanerōthē) to the (tois) holy ones (hagiois) of him (autou);


1:27 to whom (hois) the (ho) God (theos) desired (ēthelēsen) to make known (gnōrisai) what (ti) [is] the (to) wealth (ploutos) of the (tēs) glory (doxēs) of the (tou) Mystery (mustēriou) among (en) the (tois) ethnic groups (ethnesin), which (ho) is (estin) Christ (Christos) in (en) you (humin), the (hē) hope (elpis) of the (tēs) glory (doxēs);


(See John 17:23)


(For the loving one of the God having been poured out in to the hearts of us, see Rom. 5:5, 15, 8:8-10; 1 Cor. 16:22-24; Col. 1:27.)


(For what is God’s prophesied true “tent”, his new holy place under his new covenant, the prophesied promise of the Father to place himself into believers to live in them as his new permanent domicile, a true “tent” not built with mortal’s hands but with his own hand, see Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:5-16; Isa. 8:14; Ezek. 11:16; Joel 2:28-29; Amos 9:11-12; Mat. 3:11, 16:18, 26:61, 27:39-40; Mark 14:58, 15:29; Luke 3:21-22, 24:49; *John 2:19-22, 3:1-, 4:20-24, 7:37-39, 14:2, *23; Acts 1:4-5, 2:16-18, 33, 38-39, *7:44-50, *15:16-18, *17:24, *20:28; *Rom. 8:9-11, 12:4-5; 1 Cor. *3:16-17, *6:19-20, 10:16-17, 12:12-28; *2 Cor. 5:1, *6:16-18; Gal. 3:14, 22; Eph. 1:13-14, 22-23, *2:17-22, 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:30-32; Col. 1:18-27, 2:6-10, 3:15; *1 Thes. 5:9-11; *1 Tim. 3:15; *2 Tim. 1:14; Heb. *3:4-6, 8:2, *9:11-15, *24, 10:21, 36; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 4:12-16; Rev. 3:12, 7:15, 11:19, *13:6, *21:3, 22)


1:28 whom (hon) we (hēmeis) report down (katangellomen), making mindful (nouthetountes) every (panta) mortal (anthrōpon), and (kai) teaching (didaskontes) every (panta) mortal (anthrōpon) in (en) to all (pasē) wisdom (sophia), in order that (hina) we may stand alongside (parastēsōmen) every (panta) mortal (anthrōpon) complete (teleion) in (en) Christ (Christō);


1:29 into (eis) which (ho) [mystery, v27, RE] I labor (kopiō) also (kai), causing myself to agonize (agōnizomenos) down according to (kata) the (tēn) energy (energeian) of him (autou), the (tēn) [energy, RE] causing itself to be energized (energoumenēn) in (en) to me (emoi), in (en) inherent power (dunamei)


(For the Spirit of God being in Christ, and the Spirit of Christ being in those who believe upon his name, making them more than conquerors now, see Mat. 10:25; Acts 1:4-8; Rom. 8:9-11, 37; 1 Cor. 12:6; 2 Cor. 2:14, 13:3-5; Gal. 1:16; Eph. 1:19-20, 4:13, 6:13-18; Phil. 2:13, 4:13; Col. 1:27-29; 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 John 4:4, 5:4-5)