GRATEFUL FOR THE GOSPEL
June 26, 1994
INTRODUCTION: The gospel is the reason for Paul's thanksgiving expressed in these verses. Paul is rejoicing at the report of their faith brought to him by Epaphras, the founder of the church at Colosse. Paul characteristically expresses thanks that the Colossians heard the gospel, and that it bore fruit in their lives.
EXAMPLE: Tara Book
"Gospel" - English word evangelize; good news. In classical Greek used to speak of the report of victory brought back from a battle. The gospel is the good news of Jesus' victory over Satan, sin, and death. It is also the good news that we, too, can triumph eternally over these enemies through Him.
Paul was grateful for the gospel because of:
I. THE BIRTHMARKS OF THE GOSPEL. v.3-5
A. FAITH IN THE SAVIOR. 4a
Whenever Paul was praying for them, he always expressed his thanks to God. Paul was thankful to God for their
faith in Jesus Christ. The Colossians were not like
those who distort the gospel:
Gal. 1:7, "There are some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ."
Or do not obey it
I Peter 4:17, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel
"Faith" - means to be persuaded that something is true
and to trust in it. Far more than mere intellectual
assent, it involves obedience.
Biblical faith is not a "leap in the dark." It is based
on fact and grounded in evidence. It is defined in
Heb. 11:1 as "the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen." Faith gives assurance
and certainty about unseen realities.
The gospel is supported by convincing evidenc ...
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