Colossians 1:24-29 (New International Reader's Version)

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Paul's Work for the Church

24 I am happy because of what was suffered for you. And in my body I fill up my share in Christ's sufferings. I do it for his body, which is the church. 25 I serve the church. God appointed me to bring all of his word to you. 26 That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to God's people. 27 God has chosen to make known to them the glorious riches of that mystery. He has made it known among those who aren't Jews. And here is what it is. Christ is in you. He is your hope of glory. 28 We preach about him. With all the wisdom we have, we warn and teach everyone. When we bring them to God, we want them to be perfect as people who belong to Christ. 29 That's what I'm working for. I work hard with all of Christ's strength. His strength works powerfully in me.
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