After salutation he thanketh God for their faith,
Colossians 1:1 Paul an Apostle of Iesu Christ by the will of God, and brother Timotheus. Colossians 1:2 To ye sayntes which are at Colossa and brethren that beleue in Christ. Grace be with you and peace from God oure father & fro the LORDE Iesus Christ. Colossians 1:3 We geue thankes vnto God and the father of oure LORDE Iesus Christ, prayenge allwayes for you Colossians 1:4 (sence we herde of youre faith in Christ Iesu, and of youre loue to all sayntes) Colossians 1:5 for ye hopes sake which is layed vp in stoare for you in heauen: of the which ye haue herde before by the worde of trueth in the Gospell, Colossians 1:6 which is come vnto you, eue as it is into all the worlde: and is frutefull, as it is in you, sence ye daye yt ye herde and knewe the grace of God in ye trueth,
confirmeth the doctrine of Epaphras,
Colossians 1:7 as ye learned of Epaphras oure deare felowe seruaunt, which is a faithfull mynister of Christ for you, Colossians 1:8 which also declared vnto vs youre loue in the sprete.
prayeth further for their increase in grace,
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, sence the daye yt we herde of it, ceasse not to praye for you, & desyre that ye mighte be fulfylled with the knowlege of his will, in all wyssdome and spirituall vnderstondinge, Colossians 1:10 that ye mighte walke worthy off the LORDE, to please him in all thinges, and to be frutefull in all good workes, and growe in the knowlege of God: Colossians 1:11 & to be strengthed wt all power acordinge to the mighte of his glory, to all pacience and longsufferynge with ioyfulnes, Colossians 1:12 and geue thankes vnto the father, which hath made vs mete for the enheritaunce of sayntes in lighte. Colossians 1:13 Which hath delyuered vs fro the power of darknesse, & translated vs in to the kyngdome of his deare sonne
describeth the true Christ,
Colossians 1:14 (in whom we haue redempcion thorow his bloude, namely, the forgeuenes of synnes.) Colossians 1:15 Which is the ymage of the inuisyble God, first begotte before all creatures. Colossians 1:16 For by him were all thinges created, that are in heauen and earth, thinges vysible and thinges inuysible, whether they be maiesties or lordshippes, ether rules or powers: All thinges are created by him and in him, Colossians 1:17 and he is before all thinges, and in him all thinges haue their beynge. Colossians 1:18 And he is the heade of the body, namely, of the cogregacion: he is the begynnynge and first begotten from the deed, that in all thinges he mighte haue the preemynence. Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the father, that in him shulde dwell all fulnesse, Colossians 1:20 and that by him all thinges shulde be reconciled vnto himselfe, whether they be thinges vpon earth or in heauen, that thorow the bloude on his crosse he mighte make peace euen thorow his owne selfe.
encourageth them to receive Jesus Christ, and commendeth his own ministry.
Colossians 1:21 And you (which were in tymes past straungers and enemies, because youre myndes were set in euell workes) hath he now reconcyled Colossians 1:22 in the body of his flesh thorow death, to make you holy, and vnblameable & with out faute in his awne sighte, Colossians 1:23 yf ye contynue grounded and stablished in the faith, and be not moued awaye from ye hope of the Gospell, wherof ye haue herde: which is preached amonge all creatures yt are vnder heauen, wherof I Paul am made a mynister. Colossians 1:24 Now ioye I in my sufferynges, which I suffre for you, and fulfill that which is behynde of the passions of Christ in my flesh, for his bodyes sake, which is the congregacion, Colossians 1:25 wherof I am made a mynister, acordinge to ye Godly office of preachinge, which is geuen vnto me amonge you, that I shulde richely preach the worde of God, Colossians 1:26 namely, that mystery which hath bene hyd sence the worlde beganne, and sence the begynnynge of tymes: but now is opened vnto his sayntes, Colossians 1:27 to whom God wolde make knowne the glorious riches of this mistery amoge ye Heythen: which (riches) is Christ in you, eue he that is the hope of glory, Colossians 1:28 who we preach, and warne all men, and teach all men in all wyssdome, to make euery man parfecte in Christ Iesu: Colossians 1:29 Wherin I also laboure, and stryue acordinge to the workynge of him which worketh mightely in me.