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24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the church. 25 I have become its servant, according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me.

Paul physically and emotionally suffered in relationship to Christ’s sufferings. (24)
[[Acts 9:16]]
point: if Christ suffered so much, how appropriate for Paul suffer for the same reason
Paul’s calling was to reveal God and His word to the gentile (unbelieving world). (25-28)
[[Gal 1:15-16]]
point: God picked Paul to to fulfill the Scriptures of old in redemption of all.
Paul recognized salvation as a begging place for all people
point: Paul wanted more than converts, he wanted authentic believers.
We share a universal calling as witnesses
It’s not an easy calling
It comes from an passion to make Christ known
It begins a process that is not completed until Christ returns
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