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Colossians 1:23-29 (New International Version)

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23 if you continue1 in your faith, established2 and firm, not moved from the hope3 held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,4 and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.5

Paul's Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice6 in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions,7 for the sake of his body, which is the church.8 25 I have become its servant9 by the commission God gave me10 to present to you the word of God11 in its fullness-- 26 the mystery12 that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27 To them God has chosen to make known13 among the Gentiles the glorious riches14 of this mystery, which is Christ in you,15 the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing16 and teaching everyone with all wisdom,17 so that we may present everyone perfect18 in Christ. 29 To this end I labor,19 struggling20 with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.21
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