Truth, gospel, love, faith, hope, grace

You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. (Colossians 1: 5b-6)

The author says he is grateful for the Colossians and “the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for [them] in heaven.” Because of the hope of heaven, they choose to be faithful and to exhibit real love, which is the fruit that is being borne in them, ever since they understood for the first time what God’s grace was like.

Here we have perhaps all the top special Christians words: truth, gospel, love, faith, hope, grace. God extends grace towards humankind, and people bear witness to this truth by spreading the good news. God’s grace pardons human sin, and thus provides a great hope of our being together with God. This, in turn, leads us to live the kind of life that pleases God, that God calls us to, and would make us pleasant companions forever: to live faithfully towards God and one another, and to love God and one another.

What’s not to like?