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Colossians 1:5-6

Hope Stored in Heaven

5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

This passage is a continuation of the sentence continued in the previous two verses. In them Paul said that he thanked God for the Colossians' faith and love, which he had heard about, and now he completes the trinity with hope.

Spurgeon wrote, "Three divine graces should be always conspicuous in Christians— faith, love and hope. They are each mentioned by Paul in the opening verses of the Epistle... These lovely Graces should be so conspicuous in every Believer as to be spoken of and, consequently, heard of even by those who have never seen us. These flowers should yield so sweet a perfume that their fragrance may be perceived by those who have never gazed upon them." (C.H. Spurgeon Sermons; Col 1,5#1438 - The Hope Laid Up In Heaven; theWord Bible Study Software)

The affectations and hope that motivated the Colossians was that hope which was laid up in heaven for them. It is the hope of things that are eternal and that are not subject to the corruption that affects earthly things. It is the hope that their treasures are safely waiting for them. It is the hope that every Christian looks for, as Jesus instructed them, saying, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:" (Matthew 6:19-20)

This is the hope that was proclaimed to them "in the word of truth of the gospel." Peter T. O'Brien noted that, "By describing the message as 'the word of truth,' a contrast with the false teaching of the Colossian heretics seems intended. Their message, elements of which can be gleaned from the following passages of the letter, especially chapter 2, was not only misleading, but also a delusion. It was empty, false and vain... Here the 'word of truth' is in apposition to the 'gospel' for it was in the proclamation of the gospel that God's true word was announced." (O'Brien, Peter T.; Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, p.12, Word Inc. 1982)

The gospel was presented without compromise to the Colossians exactly as it had been presented to the rest of the world. It was without error. The proof of that was to be found in the fruits that it produced everywhere that it had been preached and received.

Jesus said in John 15:5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Every farmer knows that the gospel is the fruit that carries and nourishes the seed, and the seed grows to produce a new crop. "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;" (Matthew 13:38)

The Colossian church was bringing forth good fruit. It was spreading the gospel and bringing more children into the kingdom of God. This they did since the day they had first heard and accepted the gospel, since the day that they understood the truth about the grace of God. It is a humbling truth to learn that your sins will lead to your eternal destruction and there is nothing that you can do about it. But, by the grace of God, not by your own works, you have been saved from that destruction. It is also a matter of joy that cannot be contained and must be shared with the world around you.

Before The Throne:

Do you have that hope that is so strong it is producing fruit in your life? Pray about that. Pray for people with whom you can share the gospel. If you do not know how to share the gospel, pray that the Lord will help you learn. Experience is the best teacher. Go and begin sharing today, praying before you go and while you go. After you go give thanks for the experience and the fruit that you have produced.

For Further Study:

** the hope. Col 1:23, 27; Acts 23:6; Acts 24:15; Acts 26:6-7; 1Cor 13:13; 1Cor 15:19; Gal 5:5; Eph 1:18-19; 2Thess 2:16; Heb 7:19; 1Pet 3:15; 1John 3:3; ** laid. Ps 31:19; Matt 6:19-20; Luke 12:33; 2Tim 4:8; 1Pet 1:3-4; ** the word. Col 3:16; Acts 10:36; Acts 13:26; Rom 10:8; 2Cor 5:19; 2Cor 6:7; Eph 1:13; 1Thess 2:13; 1Tim 1:15; 1Pet 2:2;

(v.6) ** is come. Col 1:23; Ps 98:3; Matt 24:14; Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; Rom 10:18; Rom 15:19; Rom 16:26; 2Co 10:14; ** bringeth. Col 1:10; Mark 4:8, 26-29; John 15:16; Acts 12:24; Rom 1:13; Rom 15:28; Eph 5:9; Phil 1:11; Phil 4:17; ** since. Ro 10:17; ** knew. Ps 110:3; Acts 11:18; Acts 16:14; Acts 26:18; 1Cor 15:10-11; 2Cor 6:1; Eph 3:2; Eph 4:23; 1Thess 1:5; 1Thess 2:13; 2Thess 2:13; Titus 2:11-12; 1Pet 1:2-3; 1Pet 5:12; ** in truth. Joh 4:23;


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