9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what He wants to do in your lives, and we ask Him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with His glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light. 13 For He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son. 14 God has purchased our freedom with His blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 16 Christ is the One through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see — kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through Him and for Him. 17 He existed before everything else began, and He holds all creation together.
18 Christ is the head of the church, which is His body. He is the first of all who will rise from the dead, so He is first in everything. 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and by Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of His blood on the cross. 21 This includes you who were once so far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions, 22 yet now He has brought you back as His friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body. As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. 23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand in it firmly. Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.