The grace of God in truth

Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Col 1.6.

The gospel speaks of Jesus. It is content and communication, the power of God for salvation, “the message of truth” v. 5. As communication, the Good News must be heard and understood. Anyone can communicate it. The Colossians learned it from Epaphras, v. 7. One need not be an apostle to transmit it.

On the lips of many disciples, the Good News bears fruit and grows. It is not limited in its extent nor in its location. It does not depend upon huge financial resources nor upon eloquent preachers. It does depend upon everyone speaking and many hearing.

The content of the Good News may be described as “the grace of God.” Its nature is that of a gift from God. Only the Way offers salvation as the “free gift of God” which is “eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord” Romans 6.23.

God’s grace is changed and perverted by many. Because of this, it is necessary to “remain in the faith, established and firm” v. 23. We must maintain the grace of God “in truth.” In Colossae there were people denying the exclusiveness of Jesus. Today, people are turning grace into licentiousness, Jude 4. We have the grace of God because we have all the truth of God. In this way the Good News grows among us and in the world.

Father, may the gospel grow more and more by grace and truth.

This devotional was translated from the Portuguese.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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