Colossians 1:22-29 (English Standard Version)

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22 he has now reconciled 1in his body of flesh by his death, 2in order to present you holy and blameless and 3above reproach before him, 23 4if indeed you continue in the faith, 5stable and steadfast, not shifting from 6the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed 7in all creationa under heaven, 8and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Paul's Ministry to the Church

24 Now 9I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh 10I am filling up 11what is lacking in Christ's afflictions 12for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 13of which I became a minister according to 14the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 15the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 16To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are 17the riches of the glory of 18this mystery, which is Christ in you, 19the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that 20we may present everyone 21mature in Christ. 29 For this 22I toil, 23struggling 24with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
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