The Testimony of Yeshua
We Pray For You Continually
3 We continually thank YHVH
, the Father of our Master Yeshua Messiah, and pray for you,
4 ever since we heard of your faith in Yeshua Messiah and of your love for all the kadishea,
5 because of the expectation of good
reserved for you in Heaven that you heard before in the true message—the Good News
6 that has come to you, just as it is growing and yielding ‘a harvest’ in the entire world, as it has been doing among you since the day you first
heard of it
and really understood the compassion of YHVH.
7 You learned [about the Good News] from Epaphras our fellow servant. He is your faithful servant
of the Messiah,
8 and he told us about your love that is inspired
by the spirit.
9 This is why from the day we first heard of you
, we have never stopped praying for you, asking that you be filled with a precise knowledge
of YHVH’s will, as well as supreme wisdom
and spiritual understanding,
10 so that your lives will be worthy of YHVH, with all of your good works, and produce so that your lives will be worthy of YHVH, with all of your good works, and produce ‘a harvest’, increasing in the knowledge of YHVH., increasing in the knowledge of YHVH.
11 May you be empowered with every kind of ability, by the splendor of His dominion, with much patience and perseverance,
12 joyfully thanking the Father who has qualified
you to share in the kadishea’s inheritance in Light.
has rescued us from the dominion
of darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
14 He has paid our ransom
and released us from the bondage
of sin 
He Created Everything
looks like the Aloha
who is never seen, and is the firstborn of all living beings
16 He created everything 
in the heavens and on earth, everything seen and everything unseen, including thrones, governments, rulers and authorities—everything was created thru
Him and by 
17 He existed before anything else, and thru Him everything came together
18 He is also the head of the body, the assembly
, and the first person
born from the dead. This way He could be first in everything.
was pleased to have the entirety of His presence
residing in Him,
20 and establish harmony
in the universe
thru Him, and for Him to make peace by the blood of His cross, whether they are the inhabitants 
of earth or Heaven.
21 You used to be alienated and have hostile attitudes, because of your evil behavior.
22 But now He has reconciled you by His human body and thru His death, so that He could bring you into His presence
, kadish, faultless and above reproach,
23 as long as you continue to firmly hold onto your convictions
, and you don’t abandon the assurance of the Good News
that has been heard thruout the whole creation under Heaven, that I, Paul, became a “deacon
24 I find joy in the suffering that I endure for you. In my body I am filling in whatever is lacking in the Messiah’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, that is, the assembly.
25 I am a “deacon” commissioned to overseeing the household
of YHVH, entrusted for your benefit to make the Word of Aloha fully known,
the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations, but is now revealed to His kadishea.
27 YHVH wanted to reveal the vast wealth and splendor of this mystery thruout the nations
, namely, that the Messiah who is in you is
the anticipation of our splendor.
28 We publicly proclaim the complete knowledge
, warning and teaching everyone, so that we can present everyone to Father
in their finished state, thru Yeshua Messiah.
29 This is why I work so hard, striving with the aid of the supernatural power
given to me.
 Some versions add: “thru His blood”, based on a few relatively late Greek manuscripts.
 No one was “born again” before Him.
 This describes the universe.
 The Greek to English translations say “for” here rather than “by”, in a way that may imply the elimination of Yeshua’s role as Creator—making the verse self contradictory.
 The Greek translations interpret this to apply to “things” rather than to “inhabitants” or “beings”. Would Yeshua have shed His blood for any of the inanimate objects that He created? Not to imply that there are humans in Heaven now (John 3:13).
Avoid the Religious Training of the World
I want you to know how severe the struggle is that I’m engaging in for those of you in Laodicea, and for the others who have not seen me ‘face to face’
2 for their peace of mind, being united together
by love, and attaining full assurance
by a treasury of precise knowledge
and understanding of the mysteries of YHVH the Father, and of the Messiah.
3 In Him are stored up and hidden from view
the entire treasury of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I’m telling you this so that no one will mislead you with enticing oratory.
5 Even tho I’m not actually with you, I’m with you in spirit and I’m delighted to see your discipline and the stability
of your convictions
toward the Messiah.
6 So since you have accepted Yeshua Messiah our Master, ‘live your lives for’ Him
7 with your roots firmly planted and growing in Him and establishing yourselves in the convictions instilled in you, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 Be careful not to let anyone make you naked slaves 
[Gr. philosophia] and by empty deceptions and humanly devised rituals
—the religious training
of the world, rather than conforming with Messiah.
9 The fullness of Aloha’s transcendence
is living in bodily form
10 Belonging to Him makes you complete, because He is the head of every magistrate and authority.
11 And in Him you have been circumcised with the circumcision not done by hand, when you threw off your sinful nature by the Messiah’s circumcision.
12 You’ve been buried with Him by immersion. As a result you’ve been raised up together from physical death 
since you believed in the power of YHVH, who raised Him from the dead.
13 You were spiritually dead
and in an uncircumcised physical state, yet He’ll cause us all to live together again with Him, because He has forgiven
all of our sins 
14 By His mandate He blotted out the RECORD-BOOK OF SINS 
that was against us, and removed it
from among us and nailed it
to His cross.
15 By yielding His body 
He showed contempt for the rulers and the authorities, and put them to shame.
Ignore the World’s Judgments
16 So don’t allow anyone to pronounce judgments
against you about eating and drinking, or about various aspects
of the Feast days, new moons and Sabbaths
17 that foreshadow things in the future, except for the body
of Messiah .
18 Don’t let anyone’s desire to degrade your mind subject you to bondage, so that you subject yourselves to the religious practices
of “angels”, while they elaborate about gods
that they haven’t really seen, being arrogantly inflated in their carnal thoughts,
19 rather than holding onto the Head, the One who frames and constructs the whole body with joints and ligaments, and grows as YHVH causes it to grow.
20 If you’ve died with the Messiah to the predominant false teachings
of the world, then why are you submitting to its rules
as if you were still living in the world?
21 “Dont handle this! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”
22 All of these abusive
‘notions’ will perish. They are the commandments and doctrines of men.
23 These bogus
‘notions’ appear to reflect humility and deep respect for YHVH, but it is ascetic severity, and nothing of any real value against carnal indulgences.
 The Aramaic says “naked”, the Greek refers to “slavery”, with nakedness likely being implied.
 This is explained in Daniel 12:1-3 and John 5:28-29.
 Various words are translated as “sin”. This one means “deviations from the truth”.
 “Recent studies have shed light on the meaning of cheirographon which occurs only once in the [Testimony] (Col 2:14). It’s usage in apocalyptic literature indicates the cheirographon is the ‘record-book of sins’ or a ‘certificate of sin-indebtedness’ [Aramaic: record of our debts] BUT NOT THE MORAL OR CEREMONIAL LAWS. This view is supported also by the clause ‘and this he has removed out of the middle’ [and took it out of the way,” KJV] (2:14). ‘The middle’ was the position occupied at the center of the court or assembly by the accusing witness. In the context of Colossians, the accusing witness is the ‘record-book of sins’ which [YHVH] in [Messiah] has erased and removed out of the court” ... “....the document nailed to the Cross isn’t the [Torah] in general or the Sabbath in particular, but rather the record of our sins. Any attempt to read into it a reference to the Sabbath, or to any other Old Testament ordinance, is unwarranted, gratuitous fantasy.” —From Sabbath to Sunday, p.111
 Greek translations lack: “by yielding His body”.
 Every version I have seen tampers with the simple text here that explains that only the true “body of Messiah” has any business counseling you in regard to these Torah issues! Check an interlinear for the uncorrupted truth. See commentary.
Get Rid of Your Old Habits
So if you have risen with the Messiah then strive for the ‘realities’ that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand side
2 Set your minds on the things that are above, not on earthly things.
3 You’ve died and your life is hidden with the Messiah, in unity with
4 When the Messiah appears who is our Life
, then you’ll also appear with Him in splendor.
5 Put to death your worldly ‘impulses’: illicit sex, impure motives, depraved passion, lust and greed, which itself
6 Because of these things
, YHVH’s anger is coming on the works of disobedience 
7 These are things
that you used to do when it was your way of life
8 But now you must rid yourselves of these things—angry and heated outbreaks, wickedness, blasphemy and obscene speech.
9 Don’t lie to each other. Get rid of
the old you
with all your wicked
10 Cloth yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in the image of your Creator!
11 Your new self
isn’t Jewish or Hellenistic, circumcised or uncircumcised, Aramean
, slave or free, but the Messiah is everything, and is in all of us.
12 So as YHVH’s selected and dearly loved kadishea, clothe yourselves with compassion, tenderness, kindness, humility, composure, and patience.
13 Be tolerant of
each other. Pardon and restore
each other, and if anyone has a complaint against someone, you must pardon them just like the Messiah pardoned you.
14 In addition to all of these, add
love, because it ‘binds everything together
’ in perfection.
15 Allow the peace of the Messiah to direct your minds, since this is why you were called by name
into one body, and give thanks to the Messiah.
16 Allow His Word to remain in you as a treasure, with great wisdom and intelligence
. Teach and admonish each other with psalms, and sing hymns and spiritual songs to YHVH.
17 And whatever you do, in speech or actions, do it in the name of our Master Yeshua Messiah, and give thanks thru Him to YHVH the Father.
18 Wives be submissive
to your husbands. This is appropriate for YHVH’s women
19 Husbands love your wives, and don’t become irritated
20 Children obey your parents in everything, because this pleases YHVH.
21 Father’s, don’t exasperate your children or they’ll become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do, not only when they are looking, like those who aim to please people, but with the sole
purpose of revering YHVH.
23 Whatever you do, do it with your whole being
, as something done for YHVH rather than for people.
24 You know that you’ll receive compensation
from our Master, an inheritance, because you serve YHVH 
25 But those who hurt others will be paid back proportionately, and without any partiality.
 See why this has nothing to do with “children”. Keyword children.
 Yeshua shares the name “YHVH” with His Father, particularly the pre incarnate “Yeshua”. See: “I and My Father are ONE.”
Keep Praying, Stay Alert
Masters, be equitable and fair with your servants
. Keep in mind that you also have a Master in Heaven.
2 Keep praying, and stay alert as you do it, and when giving thanks.
3 Pray for us, so that YHVH will open a gate for the Word, to tell the mystery of the Messiah, for whose sake I have been imprisoned,
4 so that I can reveal it as clearly as I should.
5 Behave wisely toward those who are outside of the faith
, and make the best use of every opportunity
6 Your speech should always be kind, seasoned with salt as it were, so that you’ll know how to answer everyone.
7 Tychicus, who is a dear Friend, a trusted servant
[Gr. diakonos] and a fellow servant
of our Master will be telling you about everything that is happening with me.
8 I sent him to you so that you’d know how we’re faring, and for your peace of mind.
9 He is coming
with Onesimus, a faithful and dear Friend who is from
. They’ll tell you what is happening
10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends his greetings, as does Barnabas’s cousin Mark. You’ve received instructions
about him. If he comes, welcome him.
11 Yeshua, called Justus, also sends greeting. They are the only ‘Jewish converts
’ who have been working with me for the Kingdom of YHVH, and they’ve been a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras, who is also from your region sends his greetings, a servant of the Messiah who is always laboring for you in prayer, so that you’ll be firmly established and fully confident in the entire will of YHVH.
13 I can assure you of his zealousness
[Gr. zelos] for you, and for everyone in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
14 Our dear Friend Luke the physician greets you, as does Demas.
15 Give my greetings to our Friends in Laodicea, Nymphas and the assembly that meets
in his house.
16 After you have all read this letter, then have it read by the assembly of the Laodiceans, and you should read the letter I’m sending to Laodicea.
17 Tell Archippus, “Be vigilant in the ministry that you received from YHVH, and complete it.”
18 I, Paul, am writing this greeting in my own handwriting
. Remember my imprisonment. May His
compassion be with you. Aw-main
End of the letter to the Colossians, that was written from Rome and sent by Tychicus.
1 THESSALONIANS is next.
Compare the Testimony of Yeshua’s Version of Colossians with the 1851 Murdock Translation of Colossians, or compare it with the 1849 Etheridge Version of “The Testimony of Yeshua” (New Testament).
The Testimony of Yeshua was tweaked January 6, 2012