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Which is not an entirely adequate representation of the preposition eis, which indicates purpose or goal. " That is, creation finds its purpose, its goal, its finality in Christ. " The rendering of God created the whole universe through him must be expressed in essentially the same way as the similar statement at the beginning of verse 16. 17 say literally that "everything has its goal in him" is extremely difficul t to express in some languages. One might approximate this meaning by employing a phrase such as "Christ is the purpose for which everything exists," but this likewise may be relatively meaningless.

God created the whole universe through him and for him. " But the preposition normally used to convey the meaning "through" is dia (as in the last line of this verse; compare Heb 1. 2; John 1. 6). " But this spatial concept is unusual, to say the least. It could be "in union with him," but this is not expressed in any translation. The problem of primary and secondary agency expressed in the phrase through him God created everything must often be rather radically restructured to cornrnunlcate the same set of relations.

4-5). 24 And now I am happy about my sufferings for you, for by means of my physical sufferings I am helping to complete what still remains of Christ's sufferings on behalf of his body, the church. 24 Paul speaks of his sufferings on behalf of the Colossians, which can be understood only in a general sense of his hardships and troubles in his work as the apostle to the Gentiles, since he has had no personal contact with the Christians in Colossae. " By means of my phasical sufferings may be expressed in some languages by a clause intro~uced by 'iflecause," for example, "because I suffer in my body" or simply "because I am suffering," in which case a verb for "suffering" should indicate physical suffering.

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