What Does Faithful Mean? (Continued)

Vs. 5 The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.  THE MESSAGE
vs. 5 Because of the hope [of experiencing what is] laid up (reserved and waiting) for you in heaven.  Of this [hope] you heard in the past in the message of the truth of the Gospel.  tab
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Hebrew Bible (Photo credit: Marina Shemesh)
Hebrews 6:19 [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it–a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, tab
Jesus is our anchor!  He is the one who has gone before us to prepare a place in the Kingdom, then brings this new life to us in the power of His Holy Spirit.  Jesus you alone are our anchor and we cling to the rope through the storms of life keeping our eyes focused on you the source of all hope.  We can trust you and never let go.  Let our life meld with yours in such a way that we will never part ways.  Let our roots reach deep down into the water beneath the rock.
Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. tab
Hope is not something we wish for thinking it may happen in the future, but true hope is a confident reality that comes from a personal relationship with Christ Jesus in this life. Jesus was able to endure the worst of circumstances on the cross, because of the hope that was set before Him – that is the assured relationship he was purchasing for us by his own shed blood.  

Now that we are members of the one true church in fellowship with one another, we are citizens and can participate in the Kingdom of Heaven.
II Corinthians 7:1 With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without.  Let’s make our entire lives fit and holy temples for the worship of God. tm
Lord, we love your transforming promises in your word.  Your promises are our hope.  This is the very rope that pulls us through and breaks us free from the world.

You are my only HOPE!  Without you there is no HOPE!  HOPE is all that I can cling to, so Jesus I am glad that you are real.  I praise you that you have gone before me and sent back the Holy Spirit to reveal this HOPE!

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What Does Faithful Mean? (Continued)

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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.

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What Does Faithful Mean?

Nothing could be better than to receive a letter like this from an apostle of Christ.  The only thing better would be for Jesus himself to say these words to us.  Our life’s goal should be to hear Jesus say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
A page from an 11th century Gospel of Matthew ...
A page from an 11th century Gospel of Matthew (1:18-21), with Matthew 1:21, Matthew 1:21 providing the origin of the name Jesus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant!  You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much.  Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.  tab
Faithfulness is a quality that can only be earned over time.  The proof is in the our life as others see us and only consistent actions can confirm a person’s faithfulness.  This type of characteristic best develops relationships, because we have consistent trustworthiness.  Every successful marriage is based on this quality.  We would all agree that a faithful spouse, friend or employee is the most valuable kind we could have.  

Jesus too, wants us to be his faithful servant and then we will be of the most value to him.  

How can we be faithful?  What can we do to build this kind of relationship with Jesus?  I am a firm believer that if we build this kind of relationship with Jesus we will know how to build faithful relationships with others, but if we slip in our relationship with Jesus the other earthly relationships will falter too.  What will last when this earth is destroyed?  Only our relationship with Jesus.  This is all that we are able to take into eternity and here we will have  relationships with those others who have a relationship with Jesus throughout eternity.

Vs. 2 To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father. tab

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