I rejoice in suffering (Col. 1:24)

“I am now rejoicing

In my sufferings

For your sake.

In my human flesh,

I am completing

What is lacking

In Christ’s afflictions

For the sake

Of his body,

That is the church.”

Νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ τὰ ὑστερήματα τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐν τῇ σαρκί μου ὑπὲρ τοῦ σώματος αὐτοῦ, ὅ ἐστιν ἡ ἐκκλησία,

Paul said, “I am now rejoicing (Νῦν χαίρω) in my own sufferings (ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν) for your sake (ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν).  In my human flesh (ἐν τῇ σαρκί μου), I am completing (καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ) what is lacking (τὰ ὑστερήματα) in Christ’s afflictions (τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ Χριστοῦ) for the sake of his body (ὑπὲρ τοῦ σώματος αὐτοῦ), that is the church (ὅ ἐστιν ἡ ἐκκλησία).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word παθήμασιν, that means that which befalls one, a suffering, a passion, or an affliction.  Only this unique word ἀνταναπληρῶ, is found here in Colossians, that means to fill up in place of someone else, complete, or supply.  Paul indicated that he was rejoicing or glad in his afflictions for the sake of the Christian Colossians.  He was suffering in his human fleshy body so that he could associate with or complete what was lacking in the sufferings of Jesus Christ.  Now Paul was suffering for the body of Christ that was Christ’s church community of believers.  Paul connected his sufferings with those of Jesus Christ.  He wanted the Colossians and the other early Christian community churches to grow and become more mature by his own suffering.  Do you offer up your sufferings for your fellow Christian members?

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