Christians United in Love "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding..."
He prayed that these Christians might be joined together, knit together, and kept together. Solitary Christians are apt to be weak Christians, for in this sphere as in all others "union is strength. ...read
Faith, Love and Hope "Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven..."
Faith rests on the past, love works in the present, and hope presses toward the future; or, faith looks backward and upward, love looks outward, and hope looks forward. These thr ...read
Filled With the Knowledge of God's Will "For this cause we also...do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding"
The difficulty with so many people today is that they are superficial in their knowledge and shallow in their experience, and so are a prey to various errors, "c ...read
Hope Laid Up for You in Heaven "Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven..."
This hope is said by St. Paul to be "laid up" for believers "in the heavens," and the verb is particularly worthy of notice because of its use elsewhere. Thus, a crown of rig ...read
Our Union With Christ "And ye are complete in Him..."
The emphasis on the words "in Him" (vv. 9-11) very plainly shows that the source of all spiritual power lies in the union of the soul with Christ. But not only so--we are circumcised, and buried, and raised, and made alive "with Him" (vv, 11, 12, 13), suggesting a spiritual fellowship. All ...read
The Peace of God in Our Hearts "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts..."
What does the peace of Christ do? Primarily it gives assurance of acceptance with God (cf. Rom. 5:1), and the protection of God (cf. Phil. 4:7, Gr., "shall garrison," a paradoxical use of a warlike term). But here Christ's peace is to be received into the heart as the arbite ...read
United in Christ's Resurrection "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God"
The apostle first calls attention to his readers having been "raised together with Christ" (ASV). The English word "if" is employed here in its sense of "since"--"in view of," and the verb is in the indic ...read