Passage: Colossians 1:24~29  

Key verse: 27

1. Paul's labor for the church (24-25)

Paul rejoiced to participate in the remaining suffering of Christ. Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection was sufficient for the full salvation of all people. Now Christ's suffering was to bring a lost world to himself through the proclamation of the gospel. Paul's suffering to plant God's word was a part of this.

2. The mystery now disclosed (26-27)

The mystery that was hidden for so long has now been revealed: God is not just the God of the Jews. God wants to save all people, even the Gentiles. When Gentiles accept the gospel, then they, too, are indwelt by Christ. They have the same hope to reign with Christ in the heavenly kingdom.

3. To present everyone perfect in Christ (28-29)

This is Paul's prayer topic; this is the purpose of his hard work; it is this goal that gives meaning to his suffering. When everyone is perfect in Christ, then God's kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer: 'Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'

One Word: Christ in me, the hope of glory