ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 221



COLOSSIANS
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ
Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful
brothers and sisters in Christ.
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love
for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God
has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since
you first heard the truth of the Good News.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world.
It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your
lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s
wonderful grace.
You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved coworker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf.
He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about
you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give
you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of
good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better
and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power
so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be
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