We always thank God for you in our prayers, having heard of your energy of salvation in Jesus Christ and of your creative energy for all those whom God has set apart to do His creative work by means of the potential stored up for you in heaven that you heard about before in the Word of truth, Christ within you. This Christ within is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, and in you since the day that you heard about it and knew God’s grace in truth, as you learned it from Epaphras, our co-worker and servant of Christ in the creative energy, who transmits the energy of salvation to you, and who has demonstrated to us your creative energy in the Spirit.
For this reason, we too, since the day we heard about you, have not stopped praying for you and petitioning God so that you may be filled with the consciousness of His will in all wisdom and spiritual insight, to conduct yourselves worthily in the Lord, fulfilling all His expectations in all good deeds in all power enabled under His all-encompassing radiance, fully patient and steadfast, bearing fruit and growing in consciousness of God.
We joyfully thank the Father who enables us to share in the potential by spirital law to recover our portion of the direct energy of God held by those set apart for His work in light, the God who delivers us from the power of darkness and brought us into His son’s kingdom of creative energy, Christ, the good shepherd, who releases us from the captive condition and brings us back through the Narrow Gate.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation, because everything was created in Him in heaven and on earth, both the seen and the unseen, thrones and powers and rulers and authorities, everything is created through Him and in Him.
He is before all, and everything holds together in Him. And He is the head of the church’s σώμα, the community of eternal souls. He is the beginning,, the supreme spiritual being, such that He is pre-eminent in everything. For God’s joy is for the community of eternal souls to live permanently with Him. Hence everything is reconciled to God through Christ, making peace through the blood of His Cross, both things on earth and things in heaven.
You at one time were alienated, and enemies in your minds because of your hostile energy. But now, through the death of Christ’s physical body, He has reconciled you in the community of eternal souls to bring you into His presence, His σώμα, perfectly fit and pure before Him to do the work of God, if you remain in the energy of salvation, firmly established, rooted and unwavering in the potential of Christ within you which has been transmitted to all creatures in God’s creation, of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Now I rejoice for you because of the experiences by which you have overcome concern for the material world, not allowing it to come between you and your souls’ relationship with God, and I will fulfill in my physical body what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for His community of eternal souls, the Church, of which I have become a servant under the charge from God given to me for you to implement the word of God, the mystery that was hidden generation after generation for ages but now has been revealed to those set apart to do His work, to those to whom God wanted to reveal to the rest of the world how profound is the transformational power of this mystery, Christ within you, the potential of transformation.
We have proclaimed this mystery, instructing and teaching all men in all wisdom, so that we may present them complete in Christ for whom I expend all my energy, striving just as His energy which powerfully works in me.
I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those in Laodikeia and those who have not seen me face to face, so that their hearts may be comforted, united in creative energy and in the full richness of the certainty of the insight, conscious of the mystery of God, of Christ, in whom are all the hidden treasures and knowledge.
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you with fine-sounding arguments. For though I may be absent from you in body, I am with you in Spirit, rejoicing and seeing how orderly you are in focusing your energy of salvation on Christ.
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, move in Him, rooted and built in Him, and established in the energy of salvation as you were taught, overflowing in thankfulness. Be alert lest no one captivate you with empty and deceptive philosophy according to human tradition under the basic principles of this world and not from Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of God’s nature in the community of eternal souls, and you are complete in Him who is the head of all beginning and authority. Your souls are shaped by Him in a circumcision not performed by human hands, but in the peeling off of the living soul from the physical body, in the circumcision of Christ, buried together with Him in baptism in which you have been raised up together through the energy of salvation, the energy of God which raised Him from the dead.
For you were mired in the dead-end and uncircumcision of your physical bodies, but God made you alive together with Christ, honing all of your imperfections. He cancelled the code written by the hands of men with its regulations, that was against us and stood opposed to us. He took it away, nailing it to the Cross, exposing those who would lord over your physical bodies, making a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross.
Therefore, may no one judge you by what you eat and drink or participation in feasts or sabbath days; they are a shadow of the things to come, the community of eternal souls in Christ. Some insincerely put on humility and worship of angels, going into great detail about what they have seen, the minds of their physical bodies puffing them up with pride. Let no such person judge you, for they have lost contact with the head from which the entire community of eternal souls, the body of Christ, is supplied and united together, as if by capillaries and ligaments, and grows as God causes it to grow.
If you live in community with Christ and stand above the basic principles of this world, why do you obey its regulations as if you still live in it? Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch; all these things are consumed with use according to the commands and teachings of men. For while human rules and regulations may have only an utterance of wisdom in self-imposed discipline, humility and asceticism of the community of eternal souls, they have no value in disciplining the excesses of the physical body.
Since, then, you have been raised together with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God; when Christ, who is your life, shows His true self, then you too will show your true selves with Him in transformation.
Put to death, then, the tendencies of the physical body that pound you into dust: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed. This is idolatry which, for the sons of disobedience, leads to the consequences of going against God’s spiritual laws. You too used to walk in these ways, in the life that you once lived, but now you must put aside such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouths; do not lie to each other now that you have peeled off the old self with its practices and put on the new self which is being renewed into consciousness in image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, the physically circumcised or uncircumcised, foreigner, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
God has endowed you with creative energy and set you apart to do His work. Act like it, then, with the affections of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with each other and forgiving whatever grievances that you may have against one another; forgive as the Lord forgave you; but above all these things, love, which binds them together in perfect unity. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for you have been called into peace as one community of eternal souls, the body of Christ.
And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and instructing one another in all wisdom, with psalms, hymns, and spiritual odes, singing to God with goodwill in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Dedicate yourselves to prayer, being watchful in it in thankfulness. And pray for us too, that God may open for us a door for the message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it plainly, as I should.
Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodikeia and Hierapolis.
Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.”
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.