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Colossians 1:3-14 (JDV)

Colossians 1:3 We are always thanking God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, while we pray for you,

Colossians 1:4 because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and about the care [1] you have for all the devotees

Colossians 1:5 because of the hope reserved for you in the sky. [2] You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel

Colossians 1:6 that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and came to truly appreciate God’s favor.

Colossians 1:7 You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly cared about fellow servant. He is a faithful assistant [3] of Christ on your behalf,

Colossians 1:8 and he has told us about your care in the Breath. [4]

Colossians 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his preference in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,

Colossians 1:10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good achievement [5] and growing in the knowledge of God,

Colossians 1:11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully

Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the devotees’ inheritance in the light.

Colossians 1:13 He has rescued us from the dark domain and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he cares about.

Colossians 1:14 By him we have release, the forgiveness of failures. [6]

time capsule

I was thinking last night (while not sleeping) that I actually engage in a bit of time travel with these devotionals. This one was written seventeen months before it was posted. So, even though it is not exactly time travel, each is a kind of time capsule. I am sharing my thoughts today with the world of the future.

Paul’s prayers also travel into the future. He can speak of his confidence that the Colossian Christians will inherit the hope that is reserved for them in the sky. But he can also pray that they stay strong and grow in their walk and work in the present. He acknowledges that they need God’s help to continue sharing the light of the gospel in the dark domain of the 1st century Roman empire. But he can also confidently assert that they have been rescued out of that dark domain and transferred into Christ’s kingdom.

We are in two realms simultaneously: the current dark domain wants our allegiance, but we are promised to a kingdom to come.

Lord, may we stay true to the king of eternity, though we wrestle here in the dark domain.

1 ἀγάπη = care. Colossians 1:4, 8, 13; 2:2; 3:14.
2 οὐρανός = sky.
3 διάκονος = assistant. Colossians 1:7, 23, 25; 4:7.
4 πνεῦμα = breath. Colossians 1:8; 2:5.
5 ἔργον = achievement. Colossians 1:10, 21; 3:17.
6 ἁμαρτία = failure.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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