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C He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God's wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you, then, do not let anyone deceive you with false arguments, no matter how good they seem to be. 5 For even though I" am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I am glad as I see the resolute firmness ,with which you stand together in your faith in Christ. you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. cOr from angels and men cGod's secret, which is Christ himself; some manuscripts have God's secret; others have the secret of God the Father of Christ; others have the secret of the God and Father, and of Christ.

Paul's sufferings are ~YSiCal (lit. "in the flesh"), and they are on behalf of the church. ere are two different ways of construing the phrase: (1) Paul's physical sufferings are on behalf of the church: RSV TC NIV TNT NEB GeCL; (2) Christ's sufferings are on behalf of the church: TEV Mft Gpd Phps JB NAB. Although lt is impossible to state dogmatically which is intended, it seems more probable that the former is meant. 25 should be mentioned that some commentators and translations connect the phrase "in my flesh" to the innnediately preceding "the afflictions of Christ"; they take this to mean that the afflictions of Christ are in the body of Paul; so Abbott; Mft "all that Christ has to suffer in my body," and as an alternative rendering in TOB; this, however, does not seem very probable.

The verb "to preach" is the one used normally in the NT to describe the proclamation of the Good News. No word shOUld be used which, like "preach" in English, suggests a formal church service; the verb means "to announce," "to proclaim" as a herald who went around announcing matters of importance. 6). Despite the exaggeration suggested in the literary figure which has been preached to everybody in the world, it is important to reflect, 1ll so far as posslble, thlS type of statement made by Paul.

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