Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body -- for the sake of his body, the church -- what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave of Christ, greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
Then Rachel said, "I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won." So she named him Naphtali.
So Jacob was left alone. Then a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
In the womb he attacked his brother; in his manly vigor he struggled with God.
And in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.]
My children -- I am again undergoing birth pains until Christ is formed in you!
since you are encountering the same conflict that you saw me face and now hear that I am facing.
1 Thessalonians 2:2
But although we suffered earlier and were mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of much opposition.
During his earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death and he was heard because of his devotion.
For I can testify that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
saying: "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches -- to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: "This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God's creation:
For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
"And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again.
1 Peter 1:8
You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,