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About Colossians

Colossians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Emmanuel the Christ by the will of God along with Timotheus our brother.

Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse. Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Emmanuel the Christ.

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Emmanuel the Christ, praying always for you.

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Emmanuel and of the love which you have to all the saints,

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Colossians 1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.

Colossians 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant who is for you a faithful minister of Christ.

Colossians 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy.(original for word 'worthy' is 'to have the same weight as', 'befitting', 'having the worth of').of the Lord unto all pleasing.(being of a pleasing attitude), being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet.(or fit for, made able for:.Ephesians 2:10).to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.

Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us.(so learn about Christ who paid the price for mankind's freedom from all bondages: 1Corinthians 6:20).from the power of darkness and has translated.(removed, put us in another place:.Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6,7; John 15:19; 17:6; 17:15; 1Corinthians 5:9,10).us into the kingdom.(the realm of the invisible and the laws that work on the invisible energy to bring you all you want.{*}).of his dear Son.

Colossians 1:14.In whom.(?).we have.redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image.(how Christ came about).of the invisible God.(*), the firstborn.(the One at the first (?) who created all else).of every creature.

Emmanuel, who became the Christ, was the first human to be born of God, that is, spiritually; the first accepted by the Father; the one who paved the way for all to follow:.John 17:24; Hebrews 2:10; Emmanuel the Christ was the first of His kind:.John 1:18; he wasn't first physically, how could He be first when He wasn't on Earth till over halfway through man's history? It's talking spiritually:.John 1:1-3; 17:5.

Colossians 1:16 For 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

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created.(Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 3:4), that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities.(original for 'principalities' is 'that by which anything begins to be').or powers.(original is 'power of laws', meaning the universal laws that have the power of producing according to our belief; that is, according to what we believe {what thoughts you have regarding circumstances both past and encountered as you live each day}). All things were created by him.(or, as the original elicits, 'through this automatic working').and for him.(or, original, 'into this automatic working', that is, it was designed to be the way it is, the way it works, where 'one's intent goes into this Infinite Energy that is formative and produces on the physical plane of existence in like manner to the intent).

Colossians 1:17 And he.('he' being the intelligent energy, something we are in process of growing ito have an overstanding of 1) 2).is before all things.(*).and by him all things consist..(*)

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning.(verse 16, above), the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Verse doesn't mean He is the first person ever resurrected from the dead, for He himself resurrected Lazarus (John 11:11-44) and at His resurrection many others walked out of their graves:.Matthew 27:52,53. He was the firstborn from the dead who had the fulness of the Father (next verse), as the next verse shows. He was the firstborn of all those who would come to be in this thing, this realm, this high consciousness energy of being, called Christ and so by their awakening:.2Timothy 1:9.

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him.(verses 16-18, just above).should all fulness dwell.(John 3:34).

Colossians 1:20 And, 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.

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled. 

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death.(His death), to present you.(to the Father).holy and unblameable.(original is 'without a blemish'; in other words perfect and pure).and unreproveable.(original here strangely enough, is 'unblameable', 'blameless', so word 'unreprovable' fits well).

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.(who was Paul?);

God will never forsake you or hold anything you may have done, are now doing or may do in the future against you, but the other side to that is, He also would never override you either.

Colossians 1:24 Who 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..(*)

Comprised with.Barnes Notes:."And fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ".Paul seems to mean, 1. that he suffered in the same cause as that for which Christ suffered; 2. that he endured the same kind of sufferings to some extent, in reproaches, persecutions and opposition from the world; 3, that he had not yet suffered as much as Christ did in this cause and though he had suffered greatly, yet there was much that was lacking in this respect compared to what Emmanuel had gone through; 4. that he felt that in his present circumstances he was fast filling up the gap between Emmanuel's sufferings and his own. Paul had been led to pursue a course of life which conducted him through trials strongly resembling those which Emmanuel himself endured.

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.

Colossians 1:27.To 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.

It was a mystery because in the Old Testament the Gentiles were not included with Israel, but now, in the New Testament era, the 'hope of glory' is open to all.

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom.(example), that we may present every man perfect in Christ Emmanuel..

In your workshop you've created what is to be a perfect work of art to be placed in view for all to see, perhaps in a museum, but although your sculpture now exists, it's in the rough and requires finishing and polishing before it is ready for display.

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

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