II. The Preeminent and All-inclusive One,
the Centrality and Universality of God
A. The Portion of the Saints
9 Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease apraying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of 1His bwill in all 2spiritual cwisdom and understanding,
10 To 1walk worthily of the Lord to please Him 2in all things, 3bearing fruit in every good work and growing by the full 4knowledge of God,
11 Being aempowered with all 1power, according to the 2bmight of His glory, unto all endurance and long-suffering with joy,
12 Giving thanks to the Father, who has 1qualified you for a share of the 2allotted aportion of the saints in the 3blight;
13 Who 1delivered us out of the authority of 2adarkness and transferred us into the bkingdom of the 3cSon of His love,
14 In whom we have 1aredemption, the 2bforgiveness of sins;
B. The Image of God and the Firstborn
Both in Creation and in Resurrection
15 Who is the 1aimage of the binvisible God, the 2cFirstborn of all creation,
16 Because 1in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether 2thrones or 3alordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created 4bthrough Him and 5unto Him.
17 And He is 1before all things, and all things 2acohere in Him;
18 And He is the aHead of the bBody, the church; He is the cbeginning, the 1dFirstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
19 For in Him 1all the 2afullness was pleased to dwell
20 And 1through Him to areconcile 2ball things to 3Himself, 4chaving made peace through the dblood of His cross -- 1through Him, whether the ethings on the earth or the things in the 5heavens.
21 And you, though once aalienated and 1benemies in your 2cmind because of your evil works,
22 1He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you aholy and without blemish and without reproach before 1Him;
23 If indeed you continue in the 1faith, agrounded and steadfast and not being moved away from the 2bhope of the gospel, which you heard, which was proclaimed in call creation under heaven, of which I Paul became a dminister.
C. The Mystery of God's Economy
24 I now arejoice in my sufferings on your behalf and 1fill up on my part that which is lacking of the bafflictions of Christ in my flesh for His cBody, which is the church;
25 Of 1which I became a 2aminister according to the 3bstewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to 4complete the cword of God,
26 The 1amystery which has been hidden 2from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;
27 To whom God willed to make known what are the 1ariches of the glory of this bmystery among the Gentiles, 2which is 3cChrist 4in you, the dhope of 5eglory,
28 Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man 1afull-grown 2in Christ;
29 For which also I labor, 1astruggling according to His boperation which operates in me in 2power.
D. The Mystery of God
1 For I want you to know how great a astruggle I have for you and for those in bLaodicea, even all who have not seen my face in the flesh,
2 That their hearts may be 1acomforted, they being knit together in 2love and unto all the 3riches of the 4bfull assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the 5cmystery of God, Christ,
3 In whom all the treasures of 1awisdom and knowledge are hidden.
4 This I say that no one may 1delude you with 2apersuasive speech.
5 For even though I am absent in the flesh, yet in the 1aspirit I am with you, rejoicing and seeing your order and the solid basis of your faith 2in Christ.
6 As therefore you have 1areceived the Christ, Jesus the Lord, 2bwalk in Him,
7 Having been 1arooted and being bbuilt up in Him, and being established 2in the faith even as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
E. The Body of All the Shadows
8 Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his 1philosophy and aempty deceit, according to the 2btradition of men, according to the 3celements of the world, and not according to 4dChrist;
9 For in Him dwells all the 1afullness of the 2Godhead 3bodily,
10 And you have been made 1full in Him, who is the aHead of all 2rule and authority.
11 In Him also you were acircumcised with a 1circumcision 2not bmade with hands, in the 3putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ,
12 1aBuried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were 2braised together with Him through the 3faith of the operation of God, who craised Him from the dead.
13 And you, though 1adead in your offenses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He 2bmade alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our offenses;
14 1aWiping out the 2handwriting in 3ordinances, which was against us, which was contrary to us; and He has taken it out of the way, 4nailing it to the cross.
15 1Stripping off the 2arulers and the authorities, 3He made a 4display of them openly, triumphing over them in 5it.
16 Let no one therefore judge you 1in aeating and in drinking or in respect of a 2bfeast or of a 3cnew moon or of the 4dSabbath,
17 Which are a 1ashadow of the things to come, but the 2body is of 3bChrist.
18 Let no one 1defraud you by judging you unworthy of your aprize, in bself-chosen 2lowliness and the worship of the angels, 3dwelling on the things which he has 4seen, vainly cpuffed up by 5his mind set on the flesh,
19 And 1not aholding the Head, 2bout from whom all the 3Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the 4joints and 5sinews, 6grows with the 7growth of God.
20 1If you 2adied with Christ from the 3belements of the world, why, as living in the world, do you subject yourselves to cordinances:
21 1Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch,
22 (Regarding things which are all to 1aperish when 2used) according to the bcommandments and teachings of men?
23 1Such things indeed have a 2reputation of wisdom in self-imposed aworship and lowliness and 3bsevere treatment of the body, but are 4not of any value against the cindulgence of the flesh.
F. The Life of the Saints
1 1If therefore you were 2araised together with Christ, seek the things which are 3above, where Christ is, sitting at the bright hand of God.
2 Set your amind on the things which are above, not on the 1things which are on the earth.
3 For you 1adied, and your 2life is 3hidden with Christ in God.
4 When 1Christ our 2alife is bmanifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in cglory.
G. The Constituents of the New Man
5 1aPut to death therefore your 2bmembers which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and cgreediness, which is idolatry;
6 Because of which things the awrath of God is coming upon the bsons of disobedience;
7 In which you also once walked, when you lived in these things.
8 But now, you also, put away all these things: wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, afoul abusive language out of your mouth.
9 Do not alie to one another, since you have 1bput off the 2cold man with his practices
10 And have 1aput on the 2bnew man, which is being 3crenewed unto full knowledge according to the 4dimage of Him 5who ecreated him,
11 1Where there 2cannot be 3Greek and aJew, 4bcircumcision and uncircumcision, 5cbarbarian, 6Scythian, 7slave, 8free man, but 9dChrist is 10all and in 10all.