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The Message Bible translates the Christians at Colossae as “stalwart followers of Christ”. How would you like to have someone note that you are a stalwart follower of Christ in a letter that would be read by millions over the ages?
In Revelation the 144,000 saints in heaven are described as:
Revelation 14:4 For they are spiritually undefiled, pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been purchased from among the men on the earth as a consecrated offering to God and the Lamb.
5 No falsehood can be charged against them; they are blameless. tlb
What devotion to follow the Lamb of God wherever he would lead us? When we are in God’s perfect will, abiding in Him, we are protected and spiritually undefiled. The world entices us to follow after the flesh and have an adulterous relationship with sin, which is defiling. Jesus paid the price. He purchased us with his own shed blood, so now we are set apart for a sanctified and consecrated relationship with him.
vs. 4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and of the love which you [have and show] for all the saints (God’s consecrated ones), tab
4 We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. THE MESSAGE
What faith! The ability to know Jesus so closely that we truly lean our entire life, that is every aspect in absolute trust. Wow! Trust that He will never fail us. Trust that no matter whatever the circumstances are, we still trust him no matter what. So faithful that we never doubt his word or love for us. We have a newfound confidence in Jesus’ power, wisdom and goodness. What wonderful traits for a master. Jesus is a good master and we can and should trust him in everything. When we operate in this realm of trust, in a faithful relationship, we can actually love others around us for the first time in our life. Love is based on forgiveness and until we genuinely know his forgiveness for us we cannot forgive or totally love others.