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Hope Laid Up In Heaven (Col. 1:3-5a)
FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2024
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We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Colossians 1:3-5a ESV

Last time, we looked closely at the relationship of God the Father and Christ the Son, noting their distinct and unique roles and personalities in the Godhead. But this was simply the beginning of a beautiful and encouraging passage of scripture as Paul opened his letter to the church in Colossae.

He continued into verse 4 with, “since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.” It doesn’t take much to see Paul’s heart here. The joy he found in this church, one that he likely never visited in person, was clear and authentic.

Paul says that he and the others who were with him thanked God when they prayed because of the church’s faith in Christ and their love for the saints (believers). This is something we may have experienced before, especially if we have discipled those new in the faith. Seeing someone’s commitment and trust in the Lord grow is a source of great joy to a believer. And witnessing their brotherly love for other believers deepen and mature, further proving their faith is genuine, brings joy upon joy in a spiritual sense. It is here that we can see how the Holy Spirit refines believers to be more and more like their Savior.

As professing Christians, it is important for each of us to be mindful of how we portray our love and faith to others. People are watching, both fellow Christians as well as the unsaved. This is why Paul says in four of his epistles that we need to live in a manner worthy of our calling as Christ-followers (cf: Eph. 4:1, Phil. 1:27, Col. 1:10, and 1 Thes. 2:12).

If we behave as unbelievers or walk in a weak, unproductive faith, lacking love for believers and the lost, we rob joy from other Christians and mock our Lord. Like the Colossians, we should be walking examples of our faith in Christ and reflecting the love He has for us in everything we do.

As a friend recently told me, no matter what we do, in work or play, it should be as though it were put on a serving plate and offered to God. With this kind of attitude we are bound to honor God, bring joy to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and shine a light into the dark world around us.

Paul then says that the Colossians’ faith and love is “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.” The word rendered “because” is from the Greek dia and may be better understood here as “through” or “by means of.” The Colossians’ faith in Christ and love for the saints came through the hope laid up for them in heaven.

Worth noting here is that the text does not suggest that the believers had built up this hope on their own. It was hope laid up for them. The Greek word used here is apokeimai which means to be laid away, reserved, or awaiting.

This hope was not of their own accord, nor is it of ours. It is a hope provided to us by God, in Christ, as part of our salvation. We have the hope of heaven through the gift of salvation, and this hope subsequently increases our faith in Christ and love for the saints.

Apostle Peter spoke of the source and magnitude of our hope in the opening of his first epistle:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, emphasis added)

God keeps, or more accurately understood, guards our inheritance in heaven, protected through a faith in Christ, which He mercifully grants us, for a salvation to be revealed at the proper time. Truly an amazing promise! And one that can certainly be relied upon more than the fact that the sun will rise in the east and set in the west. Our hope is secure! And with this hope, we are free to exercise boundless faith in Christ and show great love to all the saints, just as our brothers and sisters in Colossae did 2,000 years ago.

~Associate Pastor Jeremy Preece

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The Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 1:3)
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2024
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We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… Colossians 1:3 Barely into the opening of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, we find once again that Scripture is a treasure chest of truths and insights into the heavenly domain.
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By The Will of God (Col. 1:1-2)
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2024
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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. (Colossians 1:1-2 ESV) Opening Paul’s epistle to the...
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Introduction to Colossians
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2024
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As we begin our new expository devotional series in the epistle of Colossians, it’s good practice to spend a few minutes learning about the audience, culture, history and setting of the church, and the author’s purpose in writing the...
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Greet Every Saint (Phil. 4:21-23)
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2024
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We’ve come to the end of a verse-by-verse study through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which he closed with a fittingly encouraging valediction, yet still embedded with practical truths for us to consider. Greet every...
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A Fragrant Aroma (Phil 4:18-20)
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024
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We last saw how Paul commended the Philippian church for their generosity and support, and how they stood alone among all the churches in the region as the one who provided for the apostle in his gospel work and his physical needs while he was...
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Giving and Receiving (Phil 4:14-17)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2024
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We last left off with Paul’s famous statement, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” summarizing that his ability to be content in every circumstance, whether rich or poor, full or hungry, comes from the...
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I Can Do All Things (Phil. 4:10-13)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2024
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In our passage today we have one of the more famous verses in Philippians (4:13), but as diligent students of the Bible let’s spend a few minutes digging in to see the truths we can glean from it. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now...
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Dwell On These Things (Phil 4:8-9)
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024
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Every day we are bombarded with negativity. News and social media feeds continually gnaw at us to focus on the bad things going on in the world and our lives, and if left unchecked this can have a serious impact on our ability to trust God and be...
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The Peace of God (Phil. 4:7)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024
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And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NASB Christians long for and seek after the peace of God. It’s amazing when we experience it – a peculiar...
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