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A Great Deliverance (3 of 15)
Series: The Book of Colossians
1. Last week we looked at (vv.9-10, as Paul prayed for the
saints to understand more about God's will, and then that they might walk worthy of the Lord--finally that they might be strengthened by His might.
2. We are once again reminded of the suffering of these
Christians. It was a very difficult time of persecution, and life was not easy. In (vs.5), Paul encourages them by reminded them of their ''hope'' in heaven.
a. Although life was hard, it had not deterred them.
1) They had been faithful: Col. 1:2a, ''To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse.''
2) They had a strong personal faith: Col. 1:3-4a, ''We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus.''
3) Paul was impressed by the love they had shown to others: Col. 1:4b, ''The love which ye have to all the saints.''
4) They had borne fruit in sharing the gospel: Col. 1:6a, ''Which is come unto you (Gospel), as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you...''
3. Following Paul's admonition in (vv.9-11) to press on in
the knowledge of God's will--to be patient with ''joyfulness,'' he continues in the same vein with an exhortation to thankfulness (read vv. 12-14).
4. After all he has said thus far, Paul wants them to
remember the great debt of gratitude they owe the Savior. They had been delivered with a ''great deliverance.''
ILLUS: Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells of a university professor of mathematics who had been ruined by sin but had found a new life by faith in Christ. This man was in a Bible class where Dr. Chapman was telling how God removes sins from us ''as far as the east is from the west'' (Psalm 103:12).
Turning to the man, he said, ''Professor, this is a mathematical statement. Can you tell us how far this is?''
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