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Colossians 1:24 (NET) 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.

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Key words and phrases:

  • I rejoice in my sufferings – Paul was writing this letter as a prisoner in Rome.
  • For you – the Colossians
  • Fill up in my physical body – Paul suffered much physical suffering for the gospel.

2 Cor 6:4-5
But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses,in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in hunger…

  • For the sake of His body, the church – Paul suffered for Christ’s body which is  called the church.
  • What is lacking in the sufferings of Christ – not that Christ’s sufferings for sin were insufficient. Jesus said that his suffering was ‘finished’ on the cross. But, Paul means that he continues to suffer during this life for Christ’s message until the suffering is no longer lacking, but it is full – which means the end of his life.

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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How beautiful are the feet?

Bob, are you grateful for those who went on before and suffered to share the gospel?  How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel!  First, I suffered in your place on the cross for your sins. My servant Paul suffered as I inspired Him to write my message and share it with the gentiles. Centuries later, William Tyndale hid, was hung, and burned at the stake for translating and printing my message into your English language. The American settlers suffered while bringing my message to your country. Your faith stands because of My Spirit and the many who were faithful to bring my message throughout the ages. Are you grateful?  Will you be faithful to bring that message to your children, family, and friends?

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