A. The Apostle's Greeting
1 1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the 2awill of God, and bTimothy the brother,
2 To the 1asaints in Colossae and faithful brothers in Christ: bGrace to you and peace from God our cFather.
B. The Apostle's Thanksgiving
3 We give thanks to God, the 1Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always concerning you,
4 Because we have heard of your 1afaith in Christ Jesus and the 1blove which you have unto all the saints
5 Because of the 1ahope 2laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the bword of the 3truth of the gospel,
6 Which has come to you, even as it is also in all the world, bearing fruit and growing, as also in you, since the day you heard and knew the 1agrace of God in 2btruth;
7 Even as you learned from aEpaphras, our beloved fellow slave, who is a faithful 1bminister of Christ on your behalf,
8 Who also has made known to us your alove in the Spirit.