Continue in Your Faith
Read Colossians 1:21–28
Various beliefs and behaviors had infiltrated the Early Church. Focus on Jesus was giving way to unnecessary traditions, worshiping angels, and human knowledge.
If you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant (Colossians 1:23).
That verse begins in the middle of a sentence. Verse 21 reminds the audience of their history: former aliens and enemies of God. Verse 22 reveals the transformation: Jesus sacrificed His own life to offer new life for all who receive Him.
Paul saw the importance of understanding their former lives and what was offered through Christ, and he reminded them how this full gospel had been presented to them. The gospel must not be changed. Those who believe it must continue in their faith. It isn’t to be just a history lesson. It is to be a present reality.
Challenge for Today: Complete the task. Refuse to quit.
Quicklook: Colossians 1:21–23