Paul’s Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

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25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—

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      26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.

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

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      28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

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      29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

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