A Jail Cell and Hope Unbound

(Colossians 1:3-6) The Apostle Paul is jailed but is so thankful for a church's impact. They are gushing the Gospel and changing the world. We can too.

a year ago   •   2 min read

By Jordan Hopkins

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Strangers in Faith

I’ve been reading and listening to the book of Colossians on repeat. It’s a fascinating letter which showcases God’s heart for His people. As well, its backdrop is interesting…

Paul is a prisoner. He has never met the church at Colossae.

Without the help of social media or FaceTime, Paul stays connected with them. One of Paul’s colleagues in the faith, Epaphras, has shared reports between the imprisoned elder and the church.

Even though they are technically strangers in the faith, Paul gushes over the Colossians…

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people — the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.

In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world —just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

Colossians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Gushing the Gospel

I imagine Paul kneeling in a dusty prison. His mouth may be dry, yet he is “always” thanking God for the Colossians.

He is thankful for…

  • Their love for all of God’s people.
  • A hope, rooted in the Kingdom, that’s springing from their hearts.
  • Their faithfulness in sharing and holding on to the Gospel.

And because the Gospel has been gushing out of the Colossians, it is “bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world.”

This fascinating letter from Paul is a joyous reminder of who we are in Christ, what God’s will for us really is, and how a Gospel-led people can change the world.

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For your listening pleasure…

The whole book of Colossians narrated by the Dwell Audio Bible app (awesome!!)

For learning the flow and context of the letter…

The Bible Project's overview of the Book of Colossians

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