Colossians 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 2:7, NIV: rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:7, ESV: rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:7, KJV: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:7, NASB: having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Colossians 2:7, NLT: Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:7, CSB: being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.

What does Colossians 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul provides three images that show the importance of walking in faith (Colossians 2:6). First, we are "rooted" in Christ. The idea is that of a tree or plant whose roots form the strength and basis for life. The believer's roots are Christ, not another source, as false teachers would suggest. Second, the believer is "built up" in Christ. This building or architectural metaphor speaks of a building that is constructed by the power of Christ. Just as only Christ can save a person, only Christ can build up or mature a person. Third, to be "established" in the faith is a legal metaphor referring to maturity or something firmly decided.

The second half of the verse refers again to Epaphras, the man who brought Christianity to the Colossians. His outreach to these people included the true gospel, in contrast with the false teachings Paul is about to address. The result of the true gospel of Jesus is thanksgiving (Colossians 1:3; Colossians 4:2).