April 16, 2021

The End of Colossians and My Heartfelt Thanks

The End of Colossians and My Heartfelt Thanks

As we come to the end of Paul's letter to the Colossians, Paul spends the remainder of his time sending greetings from those who surround him as he writes this letter.

And as we bring this letter to a close, I feel God leading me to bring The Simple Truth to a close as well.

I thank you for allowing me to come into your home and life each day. It has truly been an honor spending a few minutes each day with you exploring God's Simple Truth together.

I pray abundant blessings over you, and I pray that you continue to hunger for God's Truth.

Grace be with you. Until we meet one day in eternity, God bless.

xoxo,
Julie Carruth
julie@juliesvoice.com

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Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

We’ve been studying an incredible letter from the Apostle Paul to the Colossians. Knowing they were under attack from false teachers trying to convince the church that Jesus Christ wasn’t who He said He was, Paul sets out to educate the believers on who Christ really as.

In Chapter one, Paul breaks out in an incredible hymn testifying to Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God-made flesh. He has always been. There has never been a time when Jesus Christ did not exist. Through him and for him, he created everything in heaven and on earth. Visible and invisible. He is over all things. The fullness of Christ lives in him, and through his shed blood on the cross, God reconciled everything back to himself. 

He is all-sufficient and he is all you need. Paul continues in chapter two instructing us to not let anyone lead you away from what you know is Truth. And they will try. All of this new-age philosophy is empty, and it will never satisfy you like Christ will. 

In Chapter 3, Paul commands us to set our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. When you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you died to your old life. You are now hidden in Christ. Therefore, put away the old rags from your old life and clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Forgiving others. And most of all, put on agape love that lives to serve Christ by serving others.

And as we come to the last chapter, chapter 4, Paul tells us to devote ourselves to prayer, always being watchful and thankful. Keep an eye out for God-ordained opportunities to live and speak of Christ to non-believers. 

And as this letter comes to a close, Paul spends the remainder of his heartfelt letter sending greetings from those who surround him at the time of his writing, including Epaphras, the pastor of the church in Colossae, and Luke, the doctor, and author of the gospel Luke.

And my time, dear friend, comes to a close as well here on The Simple Truth. We began this journey almost a year ago and I want to thank you for allowing me to come into your home and your life each day. I pray God’s enormous blessings over you and pray that you continue to hunger after God’s Truth. And just as Paul does in chapter 4 verse 18, I will end our time here the same way, Grace be with you.  And until I meet you again one day, God bless.