• To the Saints in Colossae Devotional

    Colossians 1:1-2

    Take some time today to read through the book of Colossians in preparation for our study over the next few months. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand this important letter and to grant all of us who are studying together the wisdom to apply its teaching today. Consider selecting one passage from the book and meditating on it that you might be prepared to see how it fits within the overall argument of Paul’s epistle. View Resource

  • The Grounding of Hope Devotional

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not refer to something that may or may not be; rather, it is grounded in real events that will surely come to pass. Hoping in God means simply that we have a sure expectation of Him to be true to His Word. View Resource

  • The Fruit of the Gospel Devotional

    Colossians 1:5b-8

    If there is no change from smug self-righteousness to humble, selfless repentance in those who profess the gospel, then the church should consider whether it is in fact preaching the gospel and its application to all of life. Of course, the Spirit sometimes works longer than we might like to bring change through the gospel, so a lack of apparent transformation does not automatically mean the gospel is being compromised. View Resource

  • Proper Christian Growth Devotional

    Colossians 1:9-10

    It is all too easy for us to think that once we know the basics of the gospel we must then move beyond them for true spiritual growth. Yet it is not extrabiblical revelations and methods that mature us, nor is it the search for esoteric meanings and codes in Scripture. Instead, it is the continual attempt to plumb the depths of the gospel message and its application to all of life, which is, in fact, the story of the Bible. View Resource

  • A Life of Gratitude Devotional

    Colossians 1:11-12

    It is obviously difficult to follow Paul’s admonition to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18), which is why we need strengthening from on high to persevere with joy as we thank the Lord (Col. 1:11–12). This power comes from the Holy Spirit, who presently lives within us to remind us of all the blessings we have in Christ Jesus and of our need to thank Him. Consequently, no Christian can live a life perpetually void of gratitude. View Resource

  • From Darkness to Light Devotional

    Colossians 1:13-14

    Adam, despite the benefits of Eden, fell into sin. Israel, despite the benefits of the Promised Land, fell into sin, thereby demonstrating the drastic measures that had to be taken to restore men and women to fellowship with the Creator. If we are in Christ, we have been rescued from utter and hopeless darkness, and, being children of light, have been empowered to walk in the light in imitation of our Savior. View Resource

  • The Invisible Made Visible Devotional

    Colossians 1:15

    It is easy and not very costly to admire Jesus as a great moral teacher, but the proper response to Christ is not mere admiration but worship. We are called not simply to follow His guidelines but to throw ourselves at His feet in adoration and praise. Consequently, if we want others to have a proper view of the Messiah, then we need to be careful and always speak of Him as God incarnate, who rules over all. View Resource

  • The Great Sustainer Devotional

    Colossians 1:16-17

    C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “Let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His [Jesus] being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” The foolishness of humanity and false religion is seen in the willingness to accept Jesus as a good teacher, but nothing more. He is either the Lord, Creator, and Sustainer of all, or He is worthy of no more regard than we would give any other talented teacher. View Resource

  • The Head of the Church Devotional

    Colossians 1:18

    Any church whose leaders are not accountable to other men is a church that is in danger of making someone besides Christ into its head. Good Christian leaders seek accountability to other Christian leaders, so we should be cautious if we see any pastors or elders shunning accountability to others. View Resource

  • The True Firstborn of Israel Devotional

    Colossians 1:18

    Matthew Henry explains in his commentary on today’s passage that Christ “has given us evidence of our resurrection from the dead.” We are confident that we have a share in the full blessings of the age to come because the true Lamb of God died in our place, which enables the Father to righteously pass over us in His wrath, instead granting us eternal life. Without the resurrection of Jesus, we are without hope in this world. View Resource

  • Cosmic Reconciliation Devotional

    Colossians 1:19-20

    Perhaps an easier way to understand what the Bible says about cosmic reconciliation is to refer to it as cosmic restoration. Though our Lord’s work redeems His people from sin and death, His accomplishment was so great that no aspect of creation can go untouched by what happened on Calvary. At His return, what is now broken in nature will be fixed, the redeemed will be free of evil and pain, and we will have true dominion, all to God’s glory. View Resource

  • Jesus, The Perfect Savior Devotional

    Colossians 1:19–20

    As Protestants, we are not likely to turn to Mary or the saints of years gone by as mediators who can secure favor with God. As saints who still fight against sin, however, we are likely to believe we have to earn God’s love and that our obedience somehow makes us more worthy of salvation than others. Yet if we do this, we are robbing Christ of the very glory He deserves, which is a very grave sin indeed. View Resource

  • The Goal of Reconciliation Devotional

    Colossians 1:21-22

    Being declared righteous in Christ, we are accepted into the kingdom of God by faith alone without any consideration of our works. Still, those who are declared righteous begin to act righteous, and we grow in love for our Savior and personal holiness throughout our Christian walk. There is no believer God is not working to make holy and blameless, so none of us should despair that He will not discipline and purify us fully and finally. View Resource

  • Persevering in Gospel Hope Devotional

    Colossians 1:23

    Even true Christians may wonder at times if they are truly among God’s children, and one of the many ways to find assurance of one’s salvation is to look for evidence of perseverance in one’s life. Do you find yourself continually asking the Father for forgiveness for the sake of Jesus? Are you endeavoring to put into practice the commandments of Christ in His Word? As we do these things, we persevere and find assurance of faith. View Resource

  • Filling Up Christ’s Afflictions Devotional

    Colossians 1:24

    We may not always think of it in this way, but our suffering for the cause of Christ actually brings us closer to the day of His return, for God has ordained that the day of Jesus’ victorious coming would be hastened through the work of His people (2 Peter 3:11–13). It is therefore possible to find comfort and joy as we endure pain and tragedy for the gospel’s sake, for our trouble is filling up what is lacking in the messianic woes allotted to this age. View Resource