Colossians 1:24-29 NIV

Paul's Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice1 in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions,2 for the sake of his body, which is the church.3

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25 I have become its servant4 by the commission God gave me5 to present to you the word of God6 in its fullness--

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      26 the mystery7 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 known8 among the Gentiles the glorious riches9 of this mystery, which is Christ in you,10 the hope of glory.

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      28 We proclaim him, admonishing11 and teaching everyone with all wisdom,12 so that we may present everyone perfect13 in Christ.

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      29 To this end I labor,14 struggling15 with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.16

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