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21 At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought. A literal rendering of at one time might very well suggest that on a particular occasion, but not necessar1ly for any period of time, the believers in Colossae were estranged from God. " Paul begins the sentence with an accusative clause before the main verb (God has made you his friends, in verse 22) in order to emphasize his readers' previous cond1t10n before hearing the gospel. at is, estranged or alienated from him.

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. 2 I do this in order that they may be drawn together in love, and so 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations c but now made manifest to his saints.

In choosing an equivalent expression for everything, it is important not to restrict the meaning to inanimate objects, fOr as the rest of the sentence clearly indicates, the spiritual powers are regarded as having certain aspects of personality. " The rest of the sentence (rEV) expresses the totality of creation, the whole universe, as we would say today, including all supernatural powers. 22. They denote supernatural creatures, conceived of as angels (in their various ranks) in Jewish thought, or as lesser gods or powers, in Greek philosophy.

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