When writing to the believers at Colossae, Paul was not reticent to reveal his thoughts and feelings concerning them. As Alistair Begg teaches, the apostle sought to share his hopes of the future and special concerns for the Colossian church. Writing from prison, he expressed his struggles on their behalf in prayer, encouraging and warning them against going astray. Amidst his hardships, he delighted in their firmness in the faith. May Paul’s heart encourage ours as we move forward together.
1For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
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