Colossians 1:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 1:19, NIV: For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

Colossians 1:19, ESV: For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

Colossians 1:19, KJV: For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Colossians 1:19, NASB: For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

Colossians 1:19, NLT: For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

Colossians 1:19, CSB: For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

What does Colossians 1:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse emphasizes the incarnation of Jesus. The incarnation is God coming to us in human form, while remaining fully God. The words of this verse closely reflect the beginning of the Gospel of John, especially John 1:14: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Jesus "set up His tent" among us, literally taking on the same temporary body as a mortal human being, identifying with our human weaknesses and limitations. He was in all ways like us, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

The idea of "dwelling" or presence is important in Scripture. God lived among His people in the wilderness. His presence was in the tabernacle and later the temple. And yet, these were impersonal, non-human presences. Jesus, on the other hand, came in human form to dwell among people. Jesus' birth as a man offered a personal connection to fulfill the prophecies of Messiah, who would offer eternal life to all who believed in Him (John 3:16).