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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 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 Jesus Christ. 3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 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: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 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. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 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: 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; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 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: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

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1 Sara Di Diego = "Colosse was a city in Phrygia, which is modern day Turkey.  It has never been excavated.Work Cited:http://www.spiritandtruth.org/teaching/book_of_colossians/01_colossians_1_1-18/colosse.pnghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossae"
2 Cary W = "As we grow in the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, our love for all the saints overflows and our hope laid up in heaven increases as we cling to the word of truth in the good news."
3 Sara Di Diego = "Epaphras was the minister at Colosse.  He came to Paul while he was in prison in Rome, and told him about this church.Work Cited:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epaphrashttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/Epaphroditus.jpg"
4 Cary W = "This must be our constant prayer for all believers: to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual things, that we may ever increasing in the knowing of God, which results in worthy and pleasing behavior and attitudes.And that we be strengthened by Him in power, patience and long-suffering with joy so that we glorify God for giving us all the inheritance of the saints!"
5 Cary W = "It is a glorious work that upon acceptance of Christ as Lord, we are immediately translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son, but the redemption and forgiveness of all our sins.We are given welcome to know this One Son, the firstborn of every creature, and in whom all things are created and all things are held together.  Christ is all in all!  Glory!"
6 Deena E = ""darkness"The term darkness skotos has multiple meanings: literal darkness of nightblindnessignorance, especially with respect to divine things, which accompanies immoralityThe power in the first is fear and the power in the last two is bondage. Paul says God positioned us from the power of fear and bondage and into the kingdom (leadership, authority, reign) of Christ."
7 Sarah Mangum = ""
8 Deena E = ""alienated"This term alienated in Greek apallotrioō derives from the two other Greek words apo and allotrios. Apo meaning to be in a state of separation where fellowship was broken and allotrios meaning strange, foreign, enemy and belonging to someone else. This then describes a desperate state of isolation  from God where there is even hostility between God and man. Prior to the Great Fall in Genesis 3, man enjoyed perfect fellowship with God; it is Jesus' death on the cross that reconciles and restores this fellowship."
9 Cary W = "The mystery is revealed in perfection within each of us, in Christ, and it is full of riches, for it is offered to the gentiles, or in other words, those not previously called the people of God.And this comes with a warning to not withhold this hope of glory from anyone, for in Christ we are all made whole, and that under grace, not race, nor religion, nor status."
10 Sara Di Diego = "The original Greek word used here means "proclaim" or "announce".  Which gives a whole different meaning to the job of a preacher.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/colossians/colossians-1.html"