Our Hope Stored in Heaven, From Which Springs Faith and Love

March 8, 2007 § 1 Comment

Colossians 1:3-6, “[3] We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, [4] because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—[5] the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel [6] that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.”

The question that we all struggle, with from time to time, is the question of assurance. How do I know that I am saved? At times we are tempted to look for this assurance in our good works, we think that if we can find enough “faith” and “love” in our lives, then we can be assured of this hope.

In light of the passage above, I submit to you that this is the wrong approach. The passage teaches us that true faith and love springs from the hope that is stored in heaven for us. Therefore, assurance precedes righteousness. To try to produce righteousness to gain assurance is futile, because of our constant continuing struggle with abiding sin. We must learn to look to God and His immutable promise for our assurance. Our hope is that God will be faithful to the promise given in Christ, that we are justified by Christ’s work for us, and that for the sake of Christ, God will be faithful to complete the work in us unto glory! (Romans 8:29-34)

Paul stresses in the passage above, that it is from the gospel that we are taught this glorious truth of the hope stored up in heaven. That the gospel, where ever it goes, bears fruit to this end. That the gospel will bear fruit in our lives from the day that we understand the grace of God.

Oh, the glorious grace of God! What greater assurance can we hope for! That God has been pleased to set his love upon us, wretched sinners though we are! May we daily, by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, be reminded of the great and awesome truths of the gospel, so that we will look to Christ, the one who has secured this glorious hope for us, and that from this gracious work of God in our hearts we may see, in our lives, the fruit of the Spirit that we desire of God.

Oh God, my blessed triune God, I thank you for your wondrous grace! I thank you that you have been pleased to be merciful to such a wretched creature as I! May I live everyday with thanksgiving in my heart, and may I never again look to myself for that which can only be found in you! Amen.

Blessings in Christ,

Terry W. West

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