Analysis Of The Passage Of The Passage Essay
1. My initial paraphrase of the passage is:
v. 24 Now I am rejoicing in my suffering for you and I am filling up what is lacking from the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for the body which is the church.
v. 25 Which I have become a servant according to the plan of God that was given to me for you to make the word of God fully known,
v. 26 the mystery that has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been made known to his saints.
v. 27 To whom God wanted to make known what the riches of glory of this mystery to the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
v. 28 Which we are proclaiming, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, in order that everyone may be presented complete in Christ.
v. 29 And for this I am striving and struggling with the energy he works in me with power.
2. The apparent central idea of the text:
The Word of God is preached so that it may be fully known and produce complete believers.
3. The apparent unifying theme of the passage is:
The Word of God for the Church.
4. The apparent major emphases of the passage are:
a. Rejoice in sufferings that perpetuate the work of Christ.
b. Some are called to build up and grow the church.
c. God calls some to teach his word.
d. If the word of God is taught, it should be taught fully.
e. The word of God contains mysteries that have been revealed by God to those who believe in Jesus.
f. The mystery includes the salvation of Gentiles…