Originally penned by the Apostle Paul through the leading of the Holy Spirit

Translation by Pastor Luther Walker

Copyright © 2021 by Luther Walker. All Rights Reserved

This translation is intended to give a clear understanding of the original language, taking into consideration all available manuscripts to reproduce the original letter Paul wrote to the Colossians. The original language should always be considered the only authority by which each word, phrase, and all other parts of speech are based upon. Where additional information is needed to better explain the meaning and use of a word, a footnote has been added.

Because the book of Colossians was originally a letter, it has been returned to its original form to reduce confusion to the reader by breaks in the middle of sentences and concepts caused by the addition of chapters and verses. However, to ensure ease in finding sections within the letter while still avoiding breaking the original form of the letter, the chapters and verses have been super-scripted along with the addition of paragraphs and punctuation. Brackets and parentheses are used for clarification within the text.

Written by Paul in 62 A.D. from prison in Rome.

1.1 Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ through God's desirous will and brother Timothy, 1.2 to the saints even faithful brethren in Christ in Colossae, grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, worshiping always concerning you 1.4 after hearing of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have unto all the saints 1.5 because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, which beforehand you heard by the word of the truth of the gospel, 1.6 the one that came to you, just as also in all the world, bearing fruit and growing even as also among you from that day you heard and have come to experientially know the grace from God in truth, 1.7 just as you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow slave, who is a faithful servant of Jesus Christ concerning all of you, 1.8 who also declared unto us your love in spirit. 1.9 Because of this we also, from the first day we heard, do not cease communicating in worship and asking concerning you in order that you should be filled with the full experiential knowledge of His desirous will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding 1.10 to walk worthy of the Lord into all pleasing[2] in every good work while bearing fruit and growing in the full experiential knowledge of God 1.11 in all inherent ability while being empowered according to the proper opinion of His might into all patience and longsuffering with joy, 1.12 while giving thanks to the Father, the One having made us sufficient[4] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light, 1.13 Who has delivered us out from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, 1.14 in Whom we have full redemption; the forgiveness of sins, 1.15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, 1.16 because all things were created by Him, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, the visible and invisible, whether thrones or principalities or rulers or authorities, all things were created through and because of Him, 1.17 and He is before all things and all things by Him stand together, 1.18 and He is the head of the body; the assembly, Who is the beginning, the first-born out from the dead, in order that in all things He should be the first, 1.19 because in Him He (God the Father) was pleased that all the fullness should dwell, 1.20 and through Him to fully reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross through Him, whether things upon the earth or things in the heavens. 1.21 And you that existed at some time alienated and hostile in the workings of your mind by the malignantly evil works, 1.22 but now having been reconciled by the body of His flesh through the death to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before Him, 1.23 since indeed you remain by faith firmly established and steadfast and are not turned away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, the one that was preached in all creation under heaven, of which I Paul was made a minister.

1.24 Now I rejoice in the suffering concerning you and making up the things lacking of the affliction of the Christ in my flesh concerning His body, which is the assembly, 1.25 of which I have been made a minister according to the dispensation of God, the one given to me for you, to fill up the Word of God; 1.26 the mystery, the one hidden from the ages and from the generations but is now revealed to His saints, 1.27 to whom God desirously willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory, 1.28 Who we openly proclaim while admonishing all men and teaching all men in all wisdom, in order that we should present every man mature in Christ, 1.29 unto what also I toil, while striving according to the energizing of Him, the one energizing in me in inherent ability.

2.1 For I desire you to intuitively know how great a struggle I have concerning you and the ones in Laodicea and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2.2  in order that their hearts should be encouraged, having been knit together in love and into all the riches of the full confidence of understanding into a full experiential knowledge of the mystery of God the father even the Christ , 2.3  in whom are all the hidden treasures and wisdom and experiential knowledge.

2.4 Indeed this I say in order that no one should deceive you with persuasive speech. 2.5 For since I am absent in the flesh but in the spirit I am with you, rejoicing and seeing your order and steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

2.6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, in Him you walk, 2.7 having been rooted and built up in Him and having been established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in it[9] in thanksgiving. 2.8 You see that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of man, according to the elementary principles of the world and not according to Christ. 2.9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily 2.10 and you have been made complete in Him, who is the head of every rule and authority, 2.11 in whom also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands by the removal of the body of the sins of the flesh in the circumcision of the Christ, 2.12 having been buried with Him in the immersion, in whom also you have been raised through faith of the energizing of God, the one who raised Him out from among the dead. 2.13 And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive with Him, graciously forgiving all of your trespasses, 2.14 having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances against you, which was opposing you and He permanently removed it out of the midst, nailing it to His cross. 2:15 Having put off the rulers and the authorities, He made a public show of them in confidence, having triumphed over them in it. 2.16 Therefore, stop letting someone judge you in food and in drink, or in part of a feast, or new moon, or Sabbath, 2.17 which are a shadow of the things about to come; indeed[11] the body of the Christ.

2.18 Let no one umpire against you, in a humiliation and worshiping of angels, bringing in things which he has not seen, being vainly puffed up by the mind of his flesh 2.19 and not holding the head, out from whom all the Body being in a state of being supplies and knit together through the joints and bands, increases with the growth of God. 2.20 Since you all have died with Christ from the elementary principles of the world, why, as living in the world, are you being subjected to dogma: 2.21 do not handle, nor eat, nor touch, 2.22 which all are unto destruction by the using, after the commandments and teachings of humans, 2.23 which things are a word indeed having wisdom in self-willed religion and humility and neglecting the body, not in any honor towards the satisfying of the flesh.

3.1 Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 3.2 Frame your mind[14] on the things above, not upon the earth, 3.3 for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 3.4 Whenever Christ appears, who is our life, then also we will appear with Him in proper opinion. 3.5 Therefore, put to death your members, which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanliness, passions, desires lacking in character, and covetousness, which is idolatry, 3.6 for which things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of the unpersuaded, 3.7 in which also you once governed the manner of your life, when you were living in them. 3.8 But now you also put off these things: wrath, anger[16], wrong, blasphemy, dishonest speech out from your mouth. 3.9 Stop lying to one another, having stripped off the old man with its practices 3.10 and put on as an outer garment the new, the one being renewed unto the full experiential knowledge according to the image of its Creator. 3.11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeman, but all things to Christ and in all.

Giving God His full weight – giving Him credit for Who He is.

Doing all things to please God

Potential strength. The strength that He has the potential to manifest. Looking at the strength that is available for use.

To be able, render competent or worthy

He is the exact character of the essence of God, Hebrews 1:3

According to the textual evidence, "The Christ" belongs here.

Paralogizhtai carries the idea of being alongside of logics, or not have a form of logics

govern the manner of your life

the faith

"it" refers back to the cross.

"de" is not being used in contrast to the last statement, rather emphatically as what is of value. When used emphatically it should be translated "indeed", or "more over".

Fasten oneself to

It is imperative that you seek the things above

Comes from the Greek word "φρονέω" meaning to frame your mind; have an opinion.

The outward manifestation of wrath

Inner burning anger

Attributing an act or statement to someone that is not true