The Gospel Makes Me Love (Colossians 1:1-8)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf  and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.

- Colossians 1:1-8

I.The Gospel Makes Me Humble

II. The Gospel Gives Me the Hope of Heaven

III. The Gospel Gives Me the Help of The Spirit

…when Christians set their hearts earnestly and intensely on the hope of the glory of God, on the hope of seeing Jesus, on the hope of being free from sin, on the hope of no longer getting sick, on the hope of having an eternity of happy tomorrow’s… if we have our hearts set with that hope in the future does it create escapist mentality? Does it place our mind so much in heaven that we neglect the pressing present needs around us? The Bible portrays just the opposite. The Bible teaches and shows that a strong confidence in the promises of God and a passionate preference for the joys of heaven over the joys of earth is precisely the power that breaks the bondage of worldly selfishness, that breaks the bondage of worldly self-centeredness, and regret, and self-pity, and fear, and greed, and bitterness, and despair, and impatience, and envy, and in the place of all these hope (For Heaven) produces the fruit of love”

- John Piper

The hope of heaven is the most potent force for the product of virtue; it is a fountain of joyous effort, it is the corner stone of cheerful holiness. The man who has this hope in him goes about his work with vigour, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights against temptation with ardour, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery darts of the adversary. He can labour without present reward, for he looks for a reward in the world to come.

- Charles Spurgeon

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