Colossians 2:1-5 2æI want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2æMy goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3æin whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4æI tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5æFor though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Colossians 1:24-29 24æNow I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christäó»s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25æI have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullnessäóî 26æthe mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lordäó»s people. 27æTo them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28æHe is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29æTo this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
2 Corinthians 11:28-29 28æBesides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29æWho is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
Ephesians 3:2-6 2æSurely you have heard about the administration of Godäó»s grace that was given to me for you, 3æthat is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4æIn reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5æwhich was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to Godäó»s holy apostles and prophets. 6æThis mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. Download Message Powerpoint