1:23–25 Paul’s passion to communicate the truth
…the gospel which you heard, which was proclaimed to all creation under heaven,
, became a servant.
Now I rejoice
for the sake of you,
and I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions,
in my own flesh,
the sake of his body, which is the church,
I became a servant
according to the stewardship from God that was
given to me
to fully [make known] the word of God,
26–27 The truth: hidden treasure revealed
which has been hidden from ages and from generations,
but now has been revealed to his saints,
to whom God chose to make known
among the Gentiles:
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28–2:1 Paul’s passion to communicate the truth
and teaching everyone in all wisdom,
that we may present everyone complete in Christ.
To this end
I also labour,
according to his working which works in me in power.
For I want you to know
how great a struggle I have
for the sake of you
who have not seen my face in the flesh,
2–3 The truth: hidden treasure revealed
that their hearts may be encouraged,
knit together in love
and attaining to all
of the full
mystery of God,
in whom are
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
4–7 Paul’s passion to communicate the truth
I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive arguments.
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.
Therefore, as you have
received Christ Jesus the Lord
, so walk in him,
rooted and built up in him and established in the faith
just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.