Colossians 1: 1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[fn] in Christ:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father.[fn]

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[fn] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[fn] behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[fn] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[fn] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, a. Paul: According to the custom of writing letters in that day, the author’s name is given first. Therefore the author was Paul; he wrote the letter while in Roman custody (Colossians 4:3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 4:10Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), and 4:18Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)), probably from Rome and around A.D. 63. 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message… Read more »


He knows your name and once again His timing is perfect!!❌🔴❌🔴


I have always gotten a burst of joy when reading these verse!! Isn’t it just the most perfect greeting possible!! It literally gives me a jolt of pleasure, reading it!! Always has!!! But also it speaks truth in that, when I get to witness the Lord working in other peoples lives!! In the way that only God can move!! It builds my own faith!! When I see Him touching a newborn Christian in the same way He moved in my life, it builds my own faith!! When I see someone else’s relationship grow deeper in Jesus, it is so encouraging… Read more »

Paula Langley
Paula Langley

This jumped out of the commentary:
i. We notice the familiar triad of faith, hope, and love. These were not merely theological ideas to Paul; they dominated his thinking as a Christian.
Lord, that I might be so focused on faith, hope and love for You and other believers. Paul’s example for us is inspiring and heart warming.
Thank You for the written word that we can share everyday and the leading of the Holy Spirit to keep us in Your will. In Your mighty name and for Your glory, amen.