18 And he is the head(A) of the body, the church;(B) he is the beginning and the firstborn(C) from among the dead,(D) so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

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Paul’s Labor for the Church

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

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19 They have lost connection with the head,(A) from whom the whole body,(B) supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.(C)

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