Steadfast in the Faith (7 of 18) by Tony Nester

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Steadfast in the Faith (7 of 18)
Series: Colossians
Tony Nester
Colossians 1:23-24

Every so often something happens that shakes us to our foundations. It could be an illness, or an accident, the loss of a job, or a relationship that breaks apart and leaves us alone and confused. That's when we wonder what lies beneath the surface of our lives. Is there a foundation? What is it? Can I really build my life on it?

Today's Scripture in our series from Colossians is about the foundation that supports our lives. It's from Colossians, Chapter 1:23-24.

Paul uses words here that were used about constructing buildings. When we read ''securely established'' we are meant to think about the way a builder sets a firm foundation for the building he is gong to construct. And when we read the words ''steadfast in the faith'' we are meant to imagine how a structure rises up steady and true to its foundation.

We're actually beginning mid-sentence so I need to call to mind where we ended last week. Paul shared his vision of what every person has the potential to become through the work of God. That potential is nothing short of spiritual perfection. I know we tend to think that we can't be perfect and the Bible is clear that we won't reach perfection on our own. But the Bible encourages us to trust in the power of God to remake us and not to settle for anything less than God's total vision of who we're meant to be. Last week Paul set this vision before us. He revealed to us that it is God's intention through the power of Christ to make us holy, blameless, and irreproachable when we stand before him. Paul explained that this is our spiritual destination. But there is a condition attached to this promise and that brings us to today's Scripture reading.

Let's read today's Scripture together.

(Colossians 1:23-24 NRSV) ''provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, wh ...


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