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1:21 And you were at one time strangers and enemies in your39 minds40 as expressed through41 your evil deeds, 1:22 but now he has reconciled you42 by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him—1:23 if indeed you remain in the faith, established and firm,43 without shifting44 from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has also been preached in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become its servant.
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 stewardship45 from God—given to me for you—in order to complete46 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 glorious47 riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 1:28 We proclaim him by instructing48 and teaching49 all people50 with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature51 in Christ. 1:29 Toward this goal52 I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully53 works in me.
2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you,1 and for those in Laodicea, and for those who have not met me face to face.2 2:2 My goal is that3 their hearts, having been knit together4 in love, may be encouraged, and that5 they may have all the riches that assurance brings in their understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely, Christ,6 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 arguments7 that sound reasonable.8 2:5 For though9 I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see10 your morale11 and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
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