Lenten Devotional 2016- “Bearing Fruit”
Lent 11- Monday, February 22, 2016
Colossians 1: 23b-24
23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
24I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
- Proclaimed to every creature: Mark 16:15. The gospel has no racial boundaries. Having reached Rome, where Paul was when he wrote Colossians, it had reached the center of the known world.
- Paul is expressing the fact that they must continue in the faith they have received. The only way to be “grounded and settled”; is to study the Bible, and have faith in it.
- Paul counted it a pleasure to suffer for Christ. He was willing to suffer so that these Colossians could know the truth. The body, in the verse above, is the body of Christ, the church.