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He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. Christ: the Greek begins with the relative ;'who" which refers to Christ-;o:tCourse; it may be preferable to say "the Son" (as GeCL) since that is the form of the nearest reference (verse 13). 4). 9). The thought is that, inChrist, man can see what God is like, his very nature and being. In this context, the emphasis is not on the exactness of the likeness, but on its visibleness. " There are distinct dangers in translating "image" in a more or less literal manner, for it is likely to be interpreted as either an idol or and icon.

These phrases are i l l the dative case, and their precise relationship to enemies is not explicitly stated by any connectives. " A statement such as "you were his enemies" can be misleading, for it might suggest that God was hostile to the people of Colossae. 22 But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence. Here Paul describes their present status with a sharp contrastive phrase: but now, followed by the verb "to reconcile" (see verse 20).

And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God. 28 So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature individual in union with Christ. 29 To get this done I toil and struggle, using the mighty strength which Christ supplies and which is at work in me. 2 Let me tell you how hard I have worked for you and for the people in Laodicea and for all others who do not know me personally.

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