Paul's Ministry to the Church

Colossians 1

24 z I now rejoice in my sufferings a for you, and fill up in my flesh b what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for c the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to d the 1 stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 e the 2 mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, f but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 g To them God willed to make known what are h the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: 3 which is i Christ in you, j the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, k warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, l that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me m mightily.

Colossians 2

1 For I want you to know what a great a conflict 4 I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, 5 both of the Father and of Christ, 3 b in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 Now this I say c lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For d though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing 6 to see e your good order and the f steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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