Colossians 1:22-29 NIV

22 But now he has reconciled1 you by Christ's physical body2 through death to present you3 holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation4--

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      23 if you continue5 in your faith, established6 and firm, not moved from the hope7 held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,8 and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.9

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          Paul's Labor for the Church

          24 Now I rejoice10 in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions,11 for the sake of his body, which is the church.12

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          25 I have become its servant13 by the commission God gave me14 to present to you the word of God15 in its fullness--

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              26 the mystery16 that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.

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              27 To them God has chosen to make known17 among the Gentiles the glorious riches18 of this mystery, which is Christ in you,19 the hope of glory.

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              28 We proclaim him, admonishing20 and teaching everyone with all wisdom,21 so that we may present everyone perfect22 in Christ.

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              29 To this end I labor,23 struggling24 with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.25

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