We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you,
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of your love for all the saints;
Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,
of which you heard before in the word
of the truth of the gospel,
Which has come to you, as also in all the world,
and is bringing forth fruit,
As also among you since the day you heard and knew the
grace of God in truth;
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it,
do not cease to pray for you,
and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will
in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding;
that you may walk worthy of the Lord,
Being fruitful in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all might,
according to His glorious power,
For all patience and longsuffering with joy;
Giving thanks to the Father
who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints in the light.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness
and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
In whom we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or principalities or powers.
All things were created through Him
and for Him.
Verses from Colossians 1: 3-16