Ingratitude may seem like a minor sin, but it betrays a heart focused on the merit of self rather than the mercy of God. Only one who has known the cleansing grace of Jesus Christ can be transformed from a fault-finder to a thanks-giver through the Savior who gave thanks right up to His crucifixion … and beyond!
Every endeavor has basic principles that are essential for growth and fruitfulness. In Luke 17, Jesus discusses three key areas that His disciples need to be familiar with if they are to follow Him and grow in holiness. By grace, unworthy servants like us may grow in godliness through faith in the only truly worthy Servant, Jesus Christ.
Having diagnosed the danger at Colossae, given the remedy, along with important warnings about the false teachers, Paul turns in chapter three to the practical implications of the teaching he so carefully outlined in the preceding chapters. We will look at three foundational Pauline concepts that help us to understand how to apply the truths of Colossians to our own lives.
Both believers and unbelievers wonder what happens to us after we die. Unbelievers grope in search of answers, frequently turning to the fanciful or the occult. But the Lord Jesus reveals the most important things we need to know about the eternal state: the reality of eternal judgment apart from Him and the promise of eternal grace in Him. Only the One who triumphed over the grave can direct our lives before we die and secure our peace afterward, for the honor of His eternal Name.
Having assessed the problem and prescribed a solution, Paul now gives three warnings to the church at Colossae cautioning them about what will happen if they continue to dabble in the false teachers’ smooth-sounding arguments. His warnings are a good reminder to us to not indulge in human customs or legalism, but to look to Christ, in whom we have been given everything we need for life and godliness.