By Sam Storms
In The wish of Glory writer Sam Storms presents an reduction to a cautious analyzing of Colossians. Combining stylistic simplicity and theological substance, Storms writes for all Christians who're passionate to understand Christ greater. The a hundred day-by-day meditations can each one be learn in 5 to 10 mins in order that even the busiest believer can take time to learn and digest them. the result's an intensive research of the total publication of Colossians, damaged down into attainable meditations that inspire, coach, and uplift.
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Additional resources for The Hope of Glory: 100 Daily Meditations on Colossians
To help you keep the larger context in mind, you might want to try the following approach: each day, read the chapter from which the day's reading comes, and each week (perhaps on Sunday), read the entire book of Colossians once. At that rate, you will read Colossians 1 forty times, Colossians 2 eighteen times, Colossians 3 twenty-nine times, Colossians 4 thirteen times; and you will read the entire book (in one sitting) fifteen times! You may wish to study and meditate upon them as part of your daily devotional life.
So what are we to make of Paul's consistent practice of thanking God for the faith and love and obedience of the various believers to whom he addressed his many epistles? Colossians is no exception to this Pauline rule. " If Paul believed that these Colossians were themselves ultimately responsible for the presence of faith and love in their hearts, why did he bother to thank God? Why didn't he simply congratulate the Colossians and get on to other matters? On the other hand, if Paul believed, and I believe he did, that God was ultimately the source for their trust in Jesus and their affection toward one another, it makes perfectly good sense for him to express his gratitude to God each time he prays for these Christians.
It is the grace of the heavenly inheritance described in verses 3 to 6. The expectation of a "city that has foundations" energized Abraham's heart to persevere in a foreign land. All the patriarchs are described as "seeking a [heavenly] homeland" (Heb. 11:14). Their determination in the face of trial was fueled by their desire for a "better country, that is, a heavenly one" (Heb. 11:16). As pleasant as it may be now, what we see and sense and savor in this life is an ephemeral shadow compared with the substance of God himself.
The Hope of Glory: 100 Daily Meditations on Colossians by Sam Storms