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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

LEARNING TO SERVE           Page 2

Learning to Serve

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V. 5 ** What characteristic of the Christian life is mentioned here at the beginning of verse five"?

"...hope..."

** Can you find two others, mentioned in the previous verse from last week's study?

"...faith..." and "...love..."

** Do you recall any passages where these three characteristics are mentioned together?

1Corinthians 13:13 "...but now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (possibly the best known verse)

Romans 5:1-5 "...justified by faith..." Tribulations produce "hope" "the love of God has been poured out within our hearts"

1Thessalonians 1:3 "work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope"

1Thessalonians 5:8 "the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation"

These three characteristics serve a pillars to the Christian life. They are tightly woven together, and each serves to support the other as they describe who Christ has made us to be.

** Looking back at the beginning of verse five, to what is Paul referring when he uses the phrase "because of"?

Two possibilities can come to mind. First would be that Paul is completing his statement from verse three, "We give thanks to God...because of the hope laid up for you in heaven". The second possibility is that he is referring to the Colossians' faith an love mentioned in verse four, which they have... "because of the hope laid up for you in heaven".

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