1 I, Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God’s master plan . . .
God’s master plan . . . I love it! He had been planning since the beginning of time for man’s redemption . . . he told the story in the stars, through every aspect of the temple, the furnishing with the temple, the sacrifices and offerings, it could be seen in the many feasts. He even used various fruits and vegetables to symbolize the story of redemption . . . it was in front of our eyes from the beginning of the Abrahamic covenant, yet no one saw it—they experienced it, yet never understood it.
4. . . thanking God because you believe—the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness —and because you are showing true Christian love towards other Christians. We know you are showing these qualities because you have grasped the hope reserved for you in Heaven . . .
That is something we should always look for. Whenever people heard about other Christians they expected to hear that something had happened to them, that they had become a different kind of people, that they weren’t going on, as many Christians attempt to do today, utterly unchanged in their attitudes or their outlooks. But to the first-century Christians, becoming a Christian meant a radical transformation. It affected their words, motivations, conduct, who they associated with, the music they listened to and their conversations.
True, Christianity is more than a verbal explanation of life. It is a way of life. A twenty-four-hour a day, demanding, challenging, courageous way of life.I like what Steve Camp has to say about the demands of our Christian lives:
“There’s safety in complacency but God’s calling us out of our comfort zones into a life of complete surrender to the cross. To live dangerously is not to live recklessly but righteously and it is because of God’s radical grace for us that we can risk living a life of radical obedience for Him.”
This was evident in these Colossian Christians. Paul goes on to describe these Christians in the Colossian church:
5 The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven—you are looking forward to the joys of heaven—keep them taut by hope. 5 The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time . . . Because of the hope of experiencing what is laid up—or waiting for you in heaven 6 . . .You’ve been hungry for more . . .
I’m not surprised . . . oh, that we could have such hunger . . . Every aspect of their lives was changed—and at times inconvenienced. They still had jobs to hold, diapers to change, bills to pay . . . but they allowed this message to alter their priorities and desires.
. . . It is changing lives everywhere . . . it is bearing fruit and still growing by its own inherent power you can’t help it, it does it on its own!!!—Wherever that gospel goes, it produces Christian character—and develops it . . .
Paul told the Roman church that the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. So of course it will produce Christian character—and develop it wherever it goes! It has the very power of God to accomplish whatever it was sent forth to do . . .
. . . Once you came to know the grace in reality, deeply and clearly and thoroughly, becoming accurately and intimately acquainted with it. 7. . . it’s as vigorous in you now as when you first learned and understood the truth about God’s great kindness to sinners . . .
Once you grasp the depth of what God accomplished through the death of Jesus on the cross, it will act as a catalyst to help transform your entire life!
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