Lisa Sheffler, author
Colossians 1: 22–23 (NIV)
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23 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.
- What do you sense in Paul’s tone in 1:23? What does he appear to be concerned about in the Colossian church?
- In the Faithlife Study Bible, look at the notes on 1:22 and 1:23 for insight into Paul’s use of “holy” and their explanation of verse 23.
What makes it difficult for you to “continue in your faith, established and firm” and “not move from the hope” of the gospel? What distracts you? Causes you to doubt? Tempts you?
Pray about your answer to the “Think about” question. Talk to God about your concerns, doubts, and temptations. He loves you and wants to empower you to walk according to his will. Enjoy your time with the Father in prayer!
Discuss what have you learned or been reminded of so far in your study of Colossians. How is the Spirit speaking to you through the Word of God? How will you live out this knowledge?
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