THE GRACE OF GOD IN TRUTH
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:3-6
To understand intellectually the sovereignty of God and the dispensing of grace, is one thing. To have heart- knowledge and spiritual confidence in His finished work accomplished at Calvary, is quite another. Being secure in the hope of Heaven and at peace in this present world of strife and turmoil - this is the rich return enjoyed by the faithful saints of God. Nothing delights the heart of the servant of Christ as does the evidence that his hearers have fully accepted and are faithfully upholding the blessed gospel of God's grace.
The apostle Paul joyfully expresses this pleasure in the salutation of his letter to the church at Colosse. Despite his sufferings and persecutions, hardships and rejections, Paul never fails to take delight in the fruits of his labors as he ministers the word of reconciliation. Addressing the Colossian saints, he writes, "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth."
To know the grace of God in truth is to know the grace of God in its fulness-in all its significance and power. Hence Paul's prayer for the believers, "that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord" (verses 9b & ioa),
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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