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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Six

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V.24 (cont'd.)

** How would you explain that Paul was suffering for their sakes?

He was in prison for proclaiming Christ and making converts - which included the Colossians indirectly through Epaphras.

** What two things does Paul say in verse 24 that tells you he is not reluctant to suffer while sharing the gospel?

A. I rejoice B. I do my share (He was willing!)

** Does that statement by Paul say anything about the rest of us believers?

Absolutely, we all should count it a privilege to do our share and rejoice if obeying Christ brings about any suffering on our part. cf. Acts 5:40-41

V.25 ** 4. Scope - For others to benefit from our servanthood, what does verse 25 say we must do to accomplish the scope of the ministry?

We must "fully carry out" the ministry we have been given, even in the proclamation of the word of God by the means of our lifestyle. cf. Titus 2:9-10

** Did Paul do that in his life?

Yes, 2Timothy 4:7 And he encouraged others to do the same! Archippus Colossians 4:17 and Timothy 2Timothy .4:5

V.26-27
** 5. Subject - What word, used twice in these next two verses gives us a veiled title to the subject of our ministry?

"mystery"

** How does verse 26 define for us this Biblical term?

It is something "which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints..."

** What does verse 27 say is the content of the mystery?

"...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory".

That is why Paul wanted so desperately to live for Christ, having received such a rich blessing.
cf. Galatians 2:20

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