Colossians

Colossians 1:24-29 Christ Is Our Hope.

Paul rejoiced that he was able to suffer for his ministry, which he viewed as a stewardship from God, given to him for the good of the church, to fulfill the word of God (vv. 24-25). He made clear that this labour on his part was because God was at work in him (v. 29 Cf. Eph. 3:7). The end in view was that which was hidden from previous ages and generations but was then being fully revealed-namely that Christ in us is the hope of glory, a mystery which also includes the nations (vv. 26-27 Cf. I Cor. 2:7). It is Christ who is preached, “warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (v. 28). Three things are involved in this ministry of “the word of the truth of the gospel” (v. 5)-warning, teaching, and presenting every man perfect in Christ Jesus (v. 28). Such teaching required wisdom, and it also involved warning people of the consequences of not believing. None are perfect in this life, but in Christ this is our ultimate hope.

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