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Colossians 1:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 And he is the head1 of the body, the church;2 he is the beginning and the firstborn3 from among the dead,4 so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased5 to have all his fullness6 dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile7 to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,8 by making peace9 through his blood,10 shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies11 in your minds12 because ofa your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled13 you by Christ's physical body14 through death to present you15 holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation16-- 23 if you continue17 in your faith, established18 and firm, not moved from the hope19 held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,20 and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.21

Paul's Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice22 in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions,23 for the sake of his body, which is the church.24 25 I have become its servant25 by the commission God gave me26 to present to you the word of God27 in its fullness-- 26 the mystery28 that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27 To them God has chosen to make known29 among the Gentiles the glorious riches30 of this mystery, which is Christ in you,31 the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing32 and teaching everyone with all wisdom,33 so that we may present everyone perfect34 in Christ.
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