In today’s thoughts let’s take a look at what Paul has to say in regards to Christ and the Church.
- Colossians 1:1-4 (NKJV) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
This Church had strong faith in the Savior. These believers were genuine, for Paul called them “saints”. Paul rejoiced that they were faithful to Christ. Just hearing about these Christians made Paul thankful. He found himself praying for them often.
Yes, their strong faith brought a refreshing to Paul’s soul:
- faith was evidence in their prayers and
- faith was demonstrated in their giving.
Spurgeon had a saying on faith: “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”
- Colossians 1:-5-8 You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven—as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God’s great kindness to sinners. Epaphras, our much loved co-worker, was the one who brought you the Good News. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us in your place. He is the one who told us about the great love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Here again, Paul recognized their sincere love for all believers:
- “Their love for all saints” – this brought forth a great reputation for the church and what a lesson could be learned here for any local church.
- As a disciple, love must be what is to be worn all the time. John 13:35 “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
- Love is the proof that we’ve passed from death to life. 1 John 3:14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn’t love them is still dead.
- Without love we are considered “nothing”.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.”
Love “for all saints” should begin with those closest to us. Beginning with an active love in our homes and an active love in our church. Love will always end strife and build fellowship.
No wonder Paul was refreshed by this Church, for love was flowing in and through all believers. These believers had their hope set on heaven.
“You do this because you are looking forward to the joys of heaven—as you have been ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.”
Heaven was real to these believers. This world was not their home, for they longed and lived for Heaven.
These believers were laying up their treasures in heaven, which should be and is a great motivation for Christian service.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,