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Colossians 1:3-6  We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,  (4)  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;  (5)  because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,  (6)  which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

Paul addresses the church at Colosse telling them that hope is found when they/we believed the gospel.  He states in verse 5, “which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,”  This is not only on a common and temporal level.  If a person’s faith, hope and love is not rooted in Christ and His gospel, it is limited to temporal hope and will ultimately not result in eternal life or any eternal benefit.  This is why Paul clearly compels the Colossians to set their affections on things above and not on the earth.

            Paul mentions the gospel as that message to believe in order to have our hope set in an eternal way.  What is the gospel?  It is the good news that Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, has come to set us free from the penalty of sin and sin itself.  He did so by living above sin Himself His entire life to be the perfect sinless sacrifice to God on the behalf of wicked sinners.  Jesus died under the wrath and fury of God the Father so that His wrath would be turned from us.  Jesus took the wrath that our sin had generated and granted to us His righteous standing with the Father.  It is an amazing thing to know that God Himself has paid the price for sin that we accumulated and has replaced our sin account with His very perfection.

            This knowledge is what motivated the Colossians and has motivated every believer for now over 2,000 years.  God has loved us and saved us from Himself to Himself as a bride to a husband.  He cares for us now as a husband cares for his bride.  This should motivate us to faith, love and hope as we live in this world.

Col 1:6  which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

            It is of great interest that Paul writes of the gospel as a power in itself.  We know that the gospel is powerful.  It is not just a powerful message.  The gospel is empowered by God to produce fruit.  Paul says that is bringing forth fruit as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

            We understand that the gospel is good news. That is what the word itself means. I believe it is easy for us to forget exactly how good the news is and how powerful the God ordained message is to us and to the unconverted world.

            The preaching of the gospel was prophesied in the Old Testament. Isaiah speaks of Jesus in his writings.

Isa 61:1-2  "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  (2)  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,

             When the gospel is preached God reveals Himself to His people. Paul describes this event in second Corinthians as light shining in our hearts of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2Co 4:3-6  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,  (4)  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.  (5)  For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.  (6)  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:17  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

             In Paul's second letter to Timothy he encourages Timothy and us to be faithful in preaching the gospel because it is empowered by God to save His people and through the gospel death has been abolished and life and immortality has been brought to man.

2Ti 1:8-12  Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,  (9)  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,  (10)  but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  (11)  to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.  (12)  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

             Paul goes on to say that the gospel itself is the power of God to save sinners.

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

 1Co 1:18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

             Paul gives us an understanding of our responsibility in preaching the gospel as he writes his first letter to the church at Corinth. Paul understood the seriousness of preaching the gospel and the seriousness of not preaching the gospel as well.

1Co 9:16-17  For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!  (17)  For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

             The gospel is our primary point of Christian fellowship.

Php 1:5  for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

             As we have already seen here in Colossians chapter 1, the gospel produces faith, love for one another and hope for eternity.

Col 1:4-5  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;  (5)  because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

            A word of encouragement is that we should be pleased and excited to preach the gospel to every creature as we have been commanded. If the gospel is as amazing as the Bible says it is, why do we not constantly proclaim the good news of our great God? There is nothing we have to do to empower it because it is the power of God that produces fruit through the gospel as we read in Colossians 1:6. All we have to do and all we are responsible for is the sowing of the seed of the gospel and then watch God do His amazing work in the hearts and minds of sinners.

Col 1:6  which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;

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Kirk Wright said

Great post. Would love to see more!

Mar 7, 2013 9:34am

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