Colossians 1:29
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New International Version
To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

New Living Translation
That's why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ's mighty power that works within me.

English Standard Version
For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Berean Study Bible
To this end I labor, striving with all His energy working powerfully within me.

Berean Literal Bible
Unto this also I toil, striving according to His energy, working in me in power.

New American Standard Bible
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

King James Bible
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.

International Standard Version
I work hard and struggle to do this, using the energy that he powerfully provides in me.

NET Bible
Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me.

New Heart English Bible
for which I also labor, struggling according to his power, which works in me mightily.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For in this I also labor and fight with the help of the power that is given to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I work hard and struggle to do this while his mighty power works in me.

New American Standard 1977
And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
in which I continue to labour, contending according to his operation, which he works in me mightily.

King James 2000 Bible
For which I also labor, striving according to his working, who works in me mightily.

American King James Version
Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

American Standard Version
whereunto I labor also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherein also I labour, striving according to his working which he worketh in me in power.

Darby Bible Translation
Whereunto also I toil, combating according to his working, which works in me in power.

English Revised Version
whereunto I labour also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Webster's Bible Translation
For which I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Weymouth New Testament
To this end, like an earnest wrestler, I exert all my strength in reliance upon the power of Him who is mightily at work within me.

World English Bible
for which I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Young's Literal Translation
for which also I labour, striving according to his working that is working in me in power.
Study Bible
Paul's Suffering for the Church
28We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29To this end I labor, striving with all His energy working powerfully within me.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not in vain. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Ephesians 1:19
and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe. He displayed this power in the working of His mighty strength,

Philippians 1:30
since you are encountering the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Colossians 2:1
I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me face to face,

Colossians 2:12
And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in the full will of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

labour.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

2 Corinthians 5:9 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2 Corinthians 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of …

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …

striving.

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Romans 15:20,30 Yes, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was …

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

Philippians 1:27,30 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin.

his.

1 Corinthians 12:6,11 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which …

Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, …

Ephesians 3:7,20 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

mightily.

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

2 Corinthians 13:3 Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward …

(29) Whereunto I also labour.--In this verse St. Paul passes from the plural to the singular, evidently in preparation for the strong personal remonstrance of Colossians 2:1-7.

His working . . .--See Ephesians 1:12, and Note there. Perhaps, as in Galatians 2:8 ("He that wrought effectually in Peter to the Apostleship of the Circumcision, the same was mighty in me towards the Gentiles"), there is special allusion to the grace given to him for his Apostleship of the Gentiles.

Verse 29. - To which end also I toil hard, striving according to his working (Colossians 2:1; Colossians 4:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians 4:11; Philippians 2:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; Acts 20:35). Κοπιῶ, to labour to weariness, often used of manual labour, is a favourite word of St. Paul's (1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Corinthians 11:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:9: comp. Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; John 4:38). The figurative use of "striving" ("agonizing," i.e. "contending in the arena") is only Pauline in the New Testament: comp. Colossians 2:1; Colossians 4:12; Philippians 1:30; 1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7; also Luke 22:44; in 1 Timothy 4:10 (R.V.) it is again connected with "toil" (κοπιάω). We need not, with Meyer and Ellicott, distinguish inward from outward striving in this word. The apostle's bodily sufferings (ver. 21) and his mental anxiety (Colossians 2:1) alike enter into the mighty struggle which he is maintaining on the Church's behalf, and which strains every fibre of his nature to the utmost (comp. 2 Corinthians 11:28). "Striving" implies opponents against whom he contends (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:2; 2 Corinthians 11:26); "toiling hard," the painful efforts he has to make. In this toll he is divinely sustained, for he "strives according to his [Christ's: comp. Philippians 4:13] working." Ανεργεία ("energy," "operative force," "power in action") - another word of St. Paul's vocabulary (frequent also in Aristotle) - is used by him only of supernatural power, "a working of God," "of Satan" (2 Thessalonians 2:9, 11). Which worketh in me with power (ver. 11; Ephesians 3:16; Philippians 2:13; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10). The "energy of Christ" is such that it "effectually works" in the apostle; the same idea is repeated in noun and verb (ver. 11, note). The verb is middle in voice, as this "working" is that in which the Divine "energy of Christ" puts itself forth and shows what it can do (comp. 2 Corinthians 13:3-6); see note on "bearing fruit," ver. 6, and Winer's 'N. T. Grammar,' p. 318 (dynamic middle). So it works unmistakably "in [or, 'with'] power." Never do we find this consciousness of the Divine power dwelling in himself expressed by St. Paul with such joyous confidence as at this period (see Philippians 1:20, 21; Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:9, 20; and comp. note on ver. 23 b).



Whereunto I also labour,.... In the word and doctrine, by preaching Christ, warning sinners of their danger, teaching them the way of salvation, and their duty; with this view, that, in thee great day of account, he might bring a large number of them, and set them before Christ as the seals of his ministry, as instances of the grace of Christ, and as perfect in him:

striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily; meaning either in his prayers, earnestly entreating of God that he would succeed his labours, and bless them to the conversion of many; which sense is favoured by the Syriac version, which renders it, "and make supplication"; that is, with that effectual fervent prayer, which was powerfully wrought in him: or in his ministry, combating with many enemies, fighting the good fight of faith; not in his own strength, but through the power of Christ; which enabled him to preach the Gospel far and near, in season and out of season; which supported his outward man, and strengthened his inward man for that service, and made it effectual to the good of the souls of many: some refer this to the signs, wonders, and miracles, which Christ wrought by him, for the confirmation of the Gospel; but the other sense, which takes in both the power by which he was assisted in preaching, both in body and soul, and that which went along with his ministry to make it useful to others, is to be preferred. 29. Whereunto—namely, "to present every man perfect in Christ."

I also labour—rather, "I labor also." I not only "proclaim" (English Version, "preach") Christ, but I labor also.

striving—in "conflict" (Col 2:1) of spirit (compare Ro 8:26). The same Greek word is used of Epaphras (Col 4:12), "laboring fervently for you in prayers": literally, "agonizing," "striving as in the agony of a contest." So Jesus in Gethsemane when praying (Lu 22:44): so "strive" (the same Greek word, "agonize"), Lu 13:24. So Jacob "wrestled" in prayer (Ge 32:24-29). Compare "contention," Greek, "agony," or "striving earnestness," 1Th 2:2.

according to his working—Paul avows that he has power to "strive" in spirit for his converts, so far only as Christ works in him and by him (Eph 3:20; Php 4:13).

mightily—literally, "in power." 1:24-29 Both the sufferings of the Head and of the members are called the sufferings of Christ, and make up, as it were, one body of sufferings. But He suffered for the redemption of the church; we suffer on other accounts; for we do but slightly taste that cup of afflictions of which Christ first drank deeply. A Christian may be said to fill up that which remains of the sufferings of Christ, when he takes up his cross, and after the pattern of Christ, bears patiently the afflictions God allots to him. Let us be thankful that God has made known to us mysteries hidden from ages and generations, and has showed the riches of his glory among us. As Christ is preached among us, let us seriously inquire, whether he dwells and reigns in us; for this alone can warrant our assured hope of his glory. We must be faithful to death, through all trials, that we may receive the crown of life, and obtain the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
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