We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints – the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. (Col. 1:3-5). Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 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 – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. (Col 1:21-23).
We always thank God for all of you mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thes. 1:2-3).
1. In Colossions 1:3-5, where did the people’s faith and love spring from?
2. In what or who is your hope – where do your faith and love spring from?
3. In the later verses of Colossians, how were the people to continue in their faith?
4. In Thessalonians:
What did their faith produce?
What did their love prompt?
What did their hope inspire?