Bible: Colossians 1:18-23

1:18 He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn 1  from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things. 2 

1:19 For God 3  was pleased to have all his 4  fullness dwell 5  in the Son 6 

1:20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, 7  whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Paul’s Goal in Ministry

1:21 And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your 8  minds 9  as expressed through 10  your evil deeds, 1:22 but now he has reconciled you 11  by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him 1:23 if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm, 12  without shifting 13  from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.

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