Suffering for the Gospel
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.[NASB1995®]
The Gospel is so glorious, Christ is so precious, that Paul rejoices at being considered worthy of suffering, if it is for this to be preached.
This message that the apostle preaches is the Covenant that God had promised since his fall in Eden, the message of which the prophet said that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man.” This is the mystery that is revealed to us, by the grace of God, in Christ.
How privileged we are to receive it, believe it and see our lives transformed. May our desire also be that of Paul: to proclaim the glory of the Cross of Christ and to call all men to repentance, so that they may be reconciled with God.
The Lord bless us!
Scripture quotation taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.