Colossians 1:23b-2:7

  1. …the gospel which you heard, which was proclaimed to all creation under heaven,
    of which I, Paul, became a servant.
  2. Now I rejoice in sufferings
        for the sake of you,
    and I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions, in my own flesh,
        for the sake of his body, which is the church,
  3. of which I became a servant
        according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you,
    to fully [make known] the word of God,
  1. the mystery
    • which has been hidden from ages and from generations,
      but now has been revealed to his saints,
  2. to whom God chose to make known
    • the greatness
      of the riches
      of the glory
      of this mystery
          [displayed] among the Gentiles:
    •         which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  1. Him we proclaim,
    • warning everyone
      and teaching everyone in all wisdom,
          that we may present everyone complete in Christ.
  2. To this end I also labour,
    • struggling according to his working which works in me in power.
  3. For I want you to know how great a struggle I have
    • for the sake of you
      and those in Laodicea,
      and for all who have not seen my face in the flesh,
  1. that their hearts may be encouraged,
    • being knit together in love,
      and attaining to all riches
      of the full assurance
      of understanding,
    to the knowledge
    • of the mystery of God, [that is]
  2. Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
  1. I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive arguments.
  2. For though in the flesh I am absent,
    yet in spirit I am with you,
    and seeing your good order and the stability of your faith in Christ.
  3. Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
  4.     rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,
        just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.