1: Paulos apostolos of Iesous Christos by the will of God  and Timotheos our brother 2: To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ  3: We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ praying always for you 4: Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have to all the saints 5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel 6: Which is come to you as it is in all the world and brings forth fruit as it does also in you since the day you heard of it and knew the grace of God in truth 7: As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant who is for you a faithful diakonos of Christ 8: Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit 9: For this cause we also since the day we heard it do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding 10: That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God 11: Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power Eph 6:10 unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness 12: Giving thanks unto the Father who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light 13: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son 14: In whom we have redemption through his blood even the forgiveness of sins 15: Who is the image of the invisible God  the firstborn of every creature 16: For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth visible and invisible whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers all things were created by him and for him  17: And he is before all things and by him all things consist 18: And he is the head of the Body the Church which is the beginning the firstborn from the dead  that in all things he might have the preeminence 19: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell 20: And having made peace through the blood of his cross by him to reconcile all things unto himself by him I say whether they be things in earth or things in heaven 21: And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now has he reconciled 22: In the body of his flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight 23: If you continue in the faith grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel Hebrews 6:6 which you have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven of which I Paul became a diakonos deacon  24: Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his Body’s sake which is the Church 25: Whereof I am made a diakonos according to the dispensation of God (ton Theon) which is given to me for you to fulfill the word of God 26: Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now is made manifest to his saints 27: To whom God  (Ho Theos) would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory 28: Whom we preach warning every one and teaching every one in all wisdom that we may present every one perfect in Christ Jesus 29: Whereunto I also labor striving according to his working which works in me mightily
 Paul did not begin his ministry as part of the inner circle of mainstream Christianity nor as a graduate from a prestigious Seminary or Bible college. As a result, in many of his letters, he not only asserted his apostleship but provided his own accreditation for his calling and qualifications. He did this in a much stronger way than did Peter and other writers of the New Testament. This was likely due to his previous standing as enemy of the Church, which after his conversion, necessitated an understandable need for Paul to prove himself. Paul was not so effected by the opinions of others that he went out of his way to do this; and when God called him and separated him to the work of the ministry, he did cooperate with Ananias, and then moved forward on his own and obeyed God.
 Jesus is God, the Everlasting Father. See commentary at Philippians chapter one verse two, on translator supplements.
 Jesus is the image of the invisible God, because he is God. All the fullness of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with The God and The God was the Word. Yeshua is YHWH. Jesus is God.
 In addition to being a birth order, firstborn, in biblical usage, is also a status Deut 21:16, Psalm 78:27, Jeremiah 31:9 [Genesis 48:14]. Jesus is firstborn of all creation because he is the source and savior of all creation. Jesus is the one to whom every knee will bow and every tongue confess that he is Jehovah to the glory of Father God Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10-11, Isaiah 45:23. Jesus is God.
 YHWH Elohiym created everything by himself Isaiah 42:5 & 44:24. That means he did not create Jesus and then use him to to create every other thing [as some altered texts attempt to make it appear]. Both the Old Covenant and the Covenant that makes New, state that God created all things by himself and Jesus created everything that was made and without him was not anything made. Jesus is God
 This is a reference to the First Resurrection, which will happen in stages, beginning with the Church 1 Corinthians 15:23, Revelation 20:5-6.
 The church office of “Deacon” as practiced in many mainline churches is unscriptural and often a hindrance to the gospel. In some cases, pastors must answer to church deacons. In most cases, women are banned from the “office” altogether. The Seven, chosen in the Book of Acts to care for widows, could have been diakonos, but the scriptures do not specify that. The woman, Phoebe, was diakonos Romans 16:1. The fact that the great apostle called himself diakonos, is not commonly taught. That both Phoebe and Paul were diakonos, has been completely obscured by English-translation-theology.
 This commentary occasionally uses the Greek words “Ho Theos” or “ton Theon” in place of the English “God” or “of God.” The reason for this, is that in John 1:1, of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [published by Watchtower Society], Jesus is called “a god.” Watchtower, explains the reason for calling Jesus “a god,” is that in John 1:1, where it states that Jesus (the Word) was God, the definite article of ho (“the”—as in the God) is missing. Therefore the claim is made that the verse cannot be saying that Jesus is Jehovah. Yet, when we compare all of the references to Jehovah God in the New Testament, we find that the definite article is not always present in verses that undeniably refer to the Almighty. Colossians 2:25 is a perfect example of this. The “God” (Theon, without the definite article) referenced twice in Colossians 2:25 is the same as “THE GOD” (Ho Theos) referenced in Colossians 2:27. This passage is a perfect illustration of the fact that the presence or absence of the definite article “the” is irrelevant as to whether the word “God” is referring to Jehovah or not. John 1:1 was written by John, who was a devout Jew, and the Jews worshiped only one God (Hear O Israel YHWH Elohiym is ONE YHWH). A Jewish believer would never introduce a second, lesser, god into the mix. Thomas—a Jew—worshiped Jesus, saying, “My Lord and my GOD.” Who was Thomas’ God? His God was Jehovah. Jesus is Jehovah. Jesus is God.
Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ's command to win souls and make disciples, and teaches biblical truth without the filters and limitations of culture or tradition. Her outreaches include: preaching, teaching, books, blogs, and her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. Andersen is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son. Follow her author page on Amazon, on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Links are located on her website, HungryHeartsMinistries.faith.