Paul's Ministry to the Church

24 Now (A)I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh (B)I am filling up (C)what is lacking in Christ's afflictions (D)for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 (E)of which I became a minister according to (F)the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 (G)the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 (H)To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are (I)the riches of the glory of (J)this mystery, which is Christ in you, (K)the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that (L)we may present everyone (M)mature in Christ. 29 For this (N)I toil, (O)struggling (P)with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

For I want you to know (Q)how great a (R)struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that (S)their hearts may be encouraged, being (T)knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of (U)God's mystery, which is Christ, (V)in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order (W)that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For (X)though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your (Y)good order and (Z)the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Alive in Christ

(AA)Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (AB)rooted and (AC)built up in him and (AD)established in the faith, just (AE)as you were taught, abounding (AF)in thanksgiving.

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