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Every Christian must continue in the life of faith

Colossians 1:23

There is one God, who created the whole world. So there is one gospel, the message about Christ, which is God’s message to the whole world (Mark 16:15; Galatians 1:6-9). The Christians in Colosse had heard the same gospel that God’s loyal people were declaring across the world. This gospel is the only way by which people become genuine Christians. When they hear it, it causes them to have faith, in other words, to believe and to trust God.

Every Christian has the very important duty to continue in that life of faith (Galatians 3:1-9). Attitudes of unbelief, when we refuse to believe God, are a very serious and dangerous matter (Hebrews 3:12-15). So, we must refuse to do anything that we believe to be wrong and evil (Psalm 1:1). We must study God’s word, the Bible, and we must obey it (Psalm 1:2; Mark 3:35). We must pray, and we must trust God to act on our behalf (Mark 11:24; 1 John 5:14-15). In every situation, however difficult it may be, we must put our trust completely in God (Psalm 62:5-8).

Of course Christians often fail in this and other matters. That happens because their faith (belief and trust in God) is too weak. It is then the work of God to bring that person back to himself (Hebrews 12:5-11). As a loving Father, God works in the person’s life, to bring that person back into a right relationship with himself. One method that God uses is to warn us, by such verses as Colossians 1:23 and Hebrews 10:29. We need to recognise our errors in order to confess them to God. When we confess our wrong attitudes and actions to him, God is eager and willing to forgive us (1 John 1:7-9).

Next part: When Paul suffered, Christ was suffering in him (Colossians 1:24)


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