Furthermore he regarded his sufferings as what any servant of Christ could expect in view of the world"s treatment of his Master. The Romanist view must be rejected on the basis of Ephesians 2:8-9 and others as well. ", [Note: Ibid, 475:229-30. Fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ.âThe sense of this passage is at first sight startling, but it could not have been thought difficult or doubtful, had not false inferences from it tempted men to shrink from the obvious meaning. Colossians also focuses on the divinity of Jesus. What is lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions? of him who “alterius de suo explet” (quoted in Meyer). 11. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Colossians 1:24-29. It, however, labours, with (2) generally, under the objection that it implies defect in Christ’s earthly sufferings, for means defect, and also that the claim thus made to fill up the defect left by Christ is strangely arrogant. Nor can the words mean, on the other hand, merely “for your good,” as Meyer, De Wette, and Huther suppose; or as OEcumenius gives it, ἵνα ὑμᾶς ὠφελῆσαι δυνηθῶ, for this was an ultimate effect, and not the immediate cause of the apostle's sufferings. . They urge in their support the term ὑστερήματα, (things wanting,) as if Paul meant to say, that the sufferings which Christ has endured for the redemption of men were insufficient. Christ"s sufferings on the cross are not lacking in any manner. He suffers if they suffer. Matthew 20:22; Hebrews 13:13) as “the afflictions of Christ,” in case the Apostolic suffering was of essentially the same kind which Christ had endured (the same cup of which Christ had drunk, the same baptism with which Christ had been baptized). probably the most controversial in the letter." It is usually assumed that read by the Western text is due to dittography; but it may quite as easily have fallen out through homÅoteleuton as have been inserted. Christ did not have opportunity to finish the work that He had started.  A more precise description of this relation of service, and that, in the first place, with respect to the sufferings which the apostle is now enduring, Colossians 1:24, and then with respect to his important calling generally, Colossians 1:25-29. ὃς (see the critical remarks) ΝῦΝ ΧΑΊΡΩ Κ. Τ. Λ. I am expendable, the church isn"t. The church belongs to Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28). Chrysostom says:—“It appears a great thing which he utters, but not one of arrogance”- ἀλλ᾿ οὐκ ἀπονοίας. Farther, he considers that we must not refuse the condition which God has appointed for his Church, that the members of Christ may have a suitable correspondence with the head; and, thirdly, that afflictions must be cheerfully endured, inasmuch as they are profitable to all the pious, and promote the welfare of the whole Church, by adorning the doctrine of the gospel. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking  in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 3. Others, as OEcumenius, give it the sense of equivalent repayment for the sufferings which Jesus endured for us; or, as Gerhard has it, quoted in Bähr—“as Christ suffered for my redemption, it is but fitting that I should, in my turn, vicissim, suffer for the advancement of His glory.” This view is also held by Bähr, Böhmer, and Tittmann. In behalf of his body. Thus we must conclude that Paul is rejoicing and filling up on a continuing basis by his own choice and the Colossians can be assured of it. (Isaiah 63:9.). Nay, more, we are informed in Hebrews 11:26, that Moses esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.” Now, according to the Old Testament, the God of the theocracy, the Jehovah of the burning bush, the Angel of the covenant, is none other than He who became incarnate; so that, while Moses, as His representative, incurred special and ungrateful obloquy, that obloquy is termed the reproach of Christ, of Him who sent him, and who was personated by him. And we know that the ministry was committed to him, not of redeeming the Church, but of edifying it; and he himself immediately afterwards expressly acknowledges this. 12 giving thanks with joy to the Father who has made you able to share the lot of God's holy people and with them to inherit the light.. 13 Because that is what he has done. The afflictions of Christ; afflictions to be undergone by Christ in his body the church; that is, in the persons of his disciples. Colossians 1:28-29; Colossians 2:1-2). Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake & in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is (3 SPAI) the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. 2. It is His bride (Ephesians 5:22 ff). Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you; That which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh: For his body’s sake, which is the church: καὶ ἀνταναπληρῶ τὰ ὑστερήματα τῶν θλίψεων τοῦ χριστοῦ, καθ᾿ ὃν τρόπον καὶ πρὶν κηρύσσων καὶ εὐαγγελιζόμενος τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν, ". Fill up, [ autanapleeroo (Greek #466): am filling up with a corresponding supply]. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.". Unlike some of the others, St. Paul did not personally found or visit the Church in Colossae (Colossians 2:1). But, Christ shares the sufferings of his people. Paul concentrates on himself the hate of the world against Christ and His Church. Paul was persecuting - killing Christians yet, Christ put it in a personal context - you persecute me. [Note: Ibid, 475:229-30. Colossians 1:24 simply means that Paul was suffering tremendously for the Church the Body of Christ. "It is no wonder, then, that Paul rejoiced in his sufferings. See St. John Chrysostom and St. Augustine in Psalm lxxxvi. He was confined for safety, and having on his trial appealed to Caesar, he was carried to Rome, and pending the investigation kept a prisoner there. In some way we are linked to the suffering that Christ went through. Compare Romans 8:18. One view is that the phrase "Christ"s afflictions" refers to the quota of sufferings the church must undergo corporately before the end of the age (cf. Indulgences find some area of reality in this verse I would assume. On the other hand, but in accordance with this truth, apostates who resile from their profession, and virtually proclaim that they have discovered faith in Christ to be a dream and a delusion, are said to “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” Again, in 2 Corinthians 1:5, the apostle says—“The sufferings of Christ abound in us,” that is, sufferings endured by Christ in us; and therefore, such being the sympathetic affinity between us, our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. Colossians 1:24 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) Paul’s Interest in the Colossians. Who. - in composition has, according to Grimm, the following senses: opposite, over against; the mutual efficiency of two; requital; hostile opposition; official substitution; but some of these do not occur with verbs. Romans 8:17-18 adds to this thought somewhat. As 2 Corinthians 11:22-27 said, he was beaten, shipwrecked, imprisoned, scourged, and so on, all for the sake of Jesus Christ’s ministry to the Gentiles. Adimpleo quæ desunt; Greek: ta usteremata. (4) The sufferings are those of the Church, which are still incomplete. νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν—“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you.” The MSS. 4. One is anti and the other is anapleroo. (Christ indwelling Paul.) (3) must be rejected because the afflictions of Christ can hardly mean afflictions like those of Christ. Ð¸Ð´Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ñ Ð¦ÐµÑÐºÐ²Ð¸ Ð¥ÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¹. The curious item is that anapleroo can be translated "fill up" by itself, so I must wonder why Paul added the prefix anti. take up His cause, then we will encounter suffering (Matthew 10:25; John 15:18-21; Philippians 3:10; 2 Timothy 3:12). Winer (followed by Lightf., Findl., Moule) says . (2 Timothy 2:10.). It is a word found in secular Greek legal documents for coming into possession of property or claiming an inheritance (Catholic Commentary on Scripture: Colossians, page 205). Christ had the overall desire to redeem mankind. Hofmann’s view is a special form of this. [Note: _ The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church. The present action indicates that this "filling up" is something that is an ongoing process and that it seemingly will continue to be needed. Since we know it was not on the cross the normal thought would be that all of Paul"s suffering in his life was with Christ in the same work of redemption - Christ suffered to provide redemptions possibility and Paul as well as those that follow would also suffer in the sharing of that redemption to others. 2. We prefer, with Heinri chs and Stolz, the ordinary sense of “on your account,” as we may suppose the apostle to refer especially to the Gentile portion of the church. . Revelation, but that revelation does not seem to be Paul"s point here. (335) I should also be afraid of being suspected of calumny in repeating things so monstrous, (336) if their books did not bear witness that I impute nothing to them groundlessly. So we must reject any interpretation which suggests that Paul is teaching that his own good works are needed to make the atonement of Jesus Christ more effective. That we are prepared to further God"s cause, despite the personal cost--and that"s the attitude Jesus has (Philippians 2:5). The next clause points out the cause of suffering—“for his body's sake;” and this fact gave his sufferings their mysterious and supplemental value. Ephesians 3:13. . The individual affliction is for the benefit of the whole Body; comp. Rather, what make the sufferings tolerable, and especially what made them "meaningful", was Paul"s perspective. 1. Christ views all done to His children as if done to Himself. he willingly endures all things for their consolation and salvation. She is afflicted, to promote her completeness in Christ. with as a single idea, “Christ’s sufferings in my flesh”.— . [Note: Johnson, 475:231.]. Christ was sent only to Israel, and endured sufferings in His ministry to it. 9. The Apostle represents himself as filling up the deficiencies of the full measure of these sufferings. Now, that this is the meaning of Paulâs words is abundantly manifest from the context, for he adds, that he suffers according to the dispensation that was given to him. That my readers, however, may perceive more clearly their impudence, allow that the martyrs, as well as Christ, suffered for the Church, but in different ways, as I am inclined to express in Augustineâs words rather than in my own.