Paul concludes Chapter 1 by telling the Colossians’ his position, his purpose, his outreach, and what he hopes to accomplish. He reveals a hidden mystery. He makes clear that God gives him the power to minister.
3. Paul’s service for Christ (24-29)
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Where-unto I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.
- Know Christ
- Be reconciled to Christ
- Be willing to suffer for Christ
- Be willing to serve Christ
- Be willing to share Christ with others
Think about how a personal relationship with Christ has changed your life. What has He taught you? What has He challenged you to do? Are you doing it? This was what Paul was challenging the Colossians to do.
Go and do likewise.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001