Faithfully preaching God’s word invites adversity and suffering. In Colossians chapter 1, Paul remarks on this fact, claiming that he rejoices in such suffering. Moreover, this ministry God had “dispensed” unto him was the fulfillment of God’s promise, even a mystery hidden from the foundation of the world, that Gentiles would be blessed with the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 12.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
Risen with Christ. What a thought! Certainly our minds go to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and our victory over death through His triumph. Yet at the same time, as God quickens sinners, they are vitally risen with Christ. Over the next two programs, we’ll consider Paul’s admonition to the church at Colosse to seek those things which are above, being risen with Christ.
Faithfully preaching God’s word invites adversity and suffering.
Ask yourself the question: what is MY personal response to suffering. Many of us might respond with resentment. Others, self-pity. And some might even plot revenge! In this message from Colossians chapter 1, we learn Paul’s response, one he shared with other Apostles – rejoicing.