FOR I want you to know how great is my solicitude for you—how severe an inward struggle I am engaged in for you and for those believers at Laodicea, and for all who, like yourselves have never seen my face and known me personally.
For my concern is, that their hearts may be braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of the Almighty, which is Messiah (the Anointed One).
In Him all the treasures of sacred wisdom or comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of the Almighty and all the riches of spiritual knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.
I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.
For though I am away from you in body, yet I am with you in spirit, delighted at the sight of your [standing shoulder to shoulder in such] orderly array and the firmness and the solid front and steadfastness of your faith in Messiah, that leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness.
As you have therefore received the Messiah, evenYahushua, the Master, so, walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.
Have the roots of your being firmly and deeply planted in Him, fixed and founded in Him, being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.