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October 2, 2013

Text: “Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard in the word of the truth, the gospel…” Colossians  1:4-5

The crucial word in  the text above is “hope“. Yet the meaning of hope here is more than just wishful pipe dreams. Paul refers to something more substantial than just dreamy desires. These things are real and are laid up for you in heaven.  That is Paul’s way of saying that these blessings for which we endure have been secured for us by Jesus and safe-guarded until He gives us possession.

As we ponder the magnitude of this passage we are awed that these blessings are actually ours. Meanwhile, the knowledge of their reality in heaven empowers us to demonstrate our gifts so that these things are manifest in us. Jesus demands that we be salt of the earth and light of the world. As we look forward to these great blessings in heaven we emulate Jesus and thus people behold “Christ in you the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27  Because they see hope in us, hope is begun in their hearts.  To think that our blessings in heaven are fruitful on Earth.

How often the scriptures  encourage saints to endure till the coming of Christ and we will receive “the unfading crown of glory”. I Peter 5:4  That crown is one of the foremost blessings we anticipate in our heavenly reward. Our motivation is kindled and kept ablaze by the assurances of our future blessing. “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.” Hebrews 12:2

But how did we come to know about these blessings reserved in heaven for us? As usual, Paul the apostle tells us.  “This you have heard in the word of the truth, the gospel…” (see text at top). Always remember that God tells you what he wants you to know.  Learning this from preaching and scripture builds anticipation and enthusiasm. We are compelled to tell others the gospel and the glory that awaits in heaven.

Tell all persons you know about the blessings reserved for you for in heaven. Keep thinking about the assured account which is reserved for you.

One Comment
  1. Oh, the blessings laid up for us!!! We cannot even imagine the wonders, while we are yet in the flesh.

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