I rejoice in my present sufferings on your behalf! Yes, I am completing in my own flesh what has been lacking of the Messiah's afflictions, on behalf of his Body, the Messianic Community.
I became a servant of the Good News because God gave me this work to do for your benefit. The work is to make fully known the message from God,
the secret hidden for generations, for ages, but now made clear to the people he has set apart for himself.
To them God wanted to make known how great among the Gentiles is the glorious richness of this secret. And the secret is this: the Messiah is united with you people! In that rests your hope of glory!
We, for our part, proclaim him; we warn, confront and teach everyone in all wisdom; so that we may present everyone as having reached the goal, united with the Messiah.
It is for this that I toil, striving with all the energy that he stirs up in me so mightily.