by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 1:3-8

Gratitude is expressing your thanks to someone for what they have done for you. We can express it: personally with a word of thanks or with a note of apprehension or even with a small gift.

In expressing our gratitude to God we usually do it with prayer thanking him for what he has done either for us or someone else. Our thanks must come from our heart and not as John Calvin said, ''with the mere sound of empty words.'' Real gratitude comes from a sincere heart as we understand the blessings God has given us.

We should be sincerely grateful to God for what he has done in forgiving us of our sins so that we have the hope of eternal life.

Paul expresses his gratitude to God for the Colossians faith in Christ as their Savior, their love for fellow believers and the hope they have of eternal life because their sins have been forgiven.

City Colossae was a small city about 100 miles inland from Ephesus. Lightfoot said that it was the most unimportant town to which Paul wrote a letter. It was located on an important trade route between the East and West which brought not only goods to be sold, but also new pagan ideas and heresies from the East such as India.

Church This church is not mentioned in the Book of Acts and we are not told how the church was founded, but it probably was the result of the two years which Paul spent in Ephesus teaching the gospel. Acts 19:10 All the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. Some people who traveled from Colossae to Ephesus heard Paul teach and trusted Christ as their Savior. Epaphras had eventually gone there and a church was started (:7).

Occasion Paul wrote this letter from Rome in 60 AD when he was under house arrest to correct wrong teaching about Christ and salvation. WHAT HE WAS THANKFUL FOR :3-5 Thankful to God :3 Thanks - Gk. to be grateful (: ...

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