Bible: Colossians 1:24-2:7

1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of his body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. 1:25 I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship 1  from God – given to me for you – in order to complete 2  the word of God, 1:26 that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to his saints. 1:27 God wanted to make known to them the glorious 3  riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 1:28 We proclaim him by instructing 4  and teaching 5  all people 6  with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature 7  in Christ. 1:29 Toward this goal 8  I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully 9  works in me.

2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, 10  and for those in Laodicea, and for those who have not met me face to face. 11  2:2 My goal is that 12  their hearts, having been knit together 13  in love, may be encouraged, and that 14  they may have all the riches that assurance brings in their understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 15  2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 2:4 I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments 16  that sound reasonable. 17  2:5 For though 18  I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see 19  your morale 20  and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Warnings Against the Adoption of False Philosophies

2:6 Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, 21  continue to live your lives 22  in him, 2:7 rooted 23  and built up in him and firm 24  in your 25  faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

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